Hepatolite

1 What is Hepatolite?

Brand: Hepatolite

Generic: Technetium Tc 99m Disofenin

Hepatolite injection comes under the category of radiopharmaceuticals, which are radioactive agents that can be injected intravenously to diagnose and treat some diseases and also to study the functions of some organs.

This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor with specialized training in nuclear medicine.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Kit

2 What To Know Before Using

Before using Hepatolite, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Your doctor will consider these risks before prescribing the drug and will inform you about them.

Following factors should be considered before taking this drug:

Allergies

If you have had an allergic reaction to this drug in the past, inform your doctor. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any other drugs or food products.

Age-specific problems

The data regarding the effects of this medicine specific to the pediatric age group is not yet available. Its safety and efficacy have not been established in children.

The studies specific to the geriatric age group have not been carried out, therefore its safety and efficacy have not been established in older age group. However, geriatric population is more prone to having kidney, liver and heart problems.

Pregnancy

Regarding the safety of usage of this drug during pregnancy, it comes under “C” category, which means that clinical trials on animals have revealed harmful effects to the developing fetus or relevant studies have not been performed.

Drug Interactions

Certain drugs should not be used together because they can interact inside the body which can have a harmful effect. On the other hand, certain drugs are allowed to be used together.

So, you should tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking. If there is a chance of interaction between those two drugs, the doctor may change the dose or may prescribe an alternative drug.

Furthermore, certain medications should not be taken with alcohol or tobacco, which may also result in harmful interactions. Ask your doctor about the concurrent use of this drug along with alcohol or tobacco.

3 Proper Usage

Proper usage of Hepatolite requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. 

It is administered in your veins through a needle. After the contrast is injected, an image is taken.

4 Precautions To Take

Before using Hepatolite, there are some precautions you must take. This contrast can cause allergic reactions.

So, inform your doctor if you have symptoms of an allergic reaction including a rash, swelling of the face, itching, tongue, swelling of the throat, breathing difficulty, or chest pain after you get the injection.

The doctor will expose you to radiation after the injection of contrast. Discuss with your doctor if you have any concerns.

It is important for your doctor to monitor your response to the medicine and look for any side effects. Avoid taking any other medicine unless thoroughly discussed with your doctor.

Always ask your doctor before using any prescription, non-prescription or herbal medicine.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Hepatolite. Although these side effects may occur only in a handful of patients, but if they do occur, contact your physician immediately.

This medication is associated with the following side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Itching at the injection site
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips

Seek medical help instantly, if you experience any of these symptoms while on this drug. Also contact your health care professional immediately, if you have overdosed on this drug.

If any of these side effects becomes more bothersome or does not go away, contact your doctor.

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