Indocyanine Green

1 What is Indocyanine Green

Brand: Indocyanine Green

Generic: Indocyanine Green

Indocyanine Green is a green-colored medical dye used to provide contrast in imaging procedures. Indocyanine green is particularly useful for checking functioning and blood flow in the liver, determining the output of the heart, and make certain parts of the eye more visible during angiography.

Indocyanine green is a prescription medication and can be given only by a doctor.

Indocyanine is an injectable substance injected into your veins. Therefore, you should be in a medical facility to use it.
Indocyanine green is a green-colored medical dye used to provide contrast in imaging procedures. Indocyanine green is particularly useful for checking functioning and blood flow in the liver, determining the output of the heart, and make certain parts of the eye more visible during angiography.

Indocyanine green is a prescription medication and can be given only by a doctor.

Indocyanine is an injectable substance injected into your veins. Therefore, you should be in a medical facility to use it.

2 What To Know Before Using

Before using Indocyanine Green, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.

The doctor will consider the following before giving you Indocyanine green:

You may have potential allergies to medical dyes such as Indocyanine. Tell your doctor if you previously experienced sensitivities or allergy to medical dyes, medications, and other substances. If you are allergic to shellfish or iodides, there is a possibility that you are also allergic to Indocyanine.

Indocyanine dye may not be safe for pregnant women. Indocyanine is an FDA pregnancy category C drug, which means there is no adequate data proving that it does not cause harm in unborn babies. If you are pregnant, tell it to your doctor before taking Indocyanine. The safety of Indocyanine to nursing babies is not established so you may have to stop breastfeeding your baby if you will take Indocyanine.

Tell the doctor other health conditions you may have. The doctor should know your medical condition completely before giving Indocyanine.

Make sure to tell the doctor all the medications you take, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal products, before taking Indocyanine.

Ask your doctor if you have to do any preparations or restrictions before the imaging test with Indocyanine.

The safety of Indocyanine is not well established in children and patients younger than 18 years of age.

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3 Proper Usage

To use Indocyanine Green properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

Indocyanine green can only be given by a health professional. It is injected into your veins during imaging procedures, so you can only have the drug in the hospital or a clinic.

4 Precautions To Take

Before using Indocyanine Green, there are some precautions you must take.

You will be monitored by the doctor while Indocyanine green is being used. You may have to undergo urine tests to check for unwanted effects.

Indocyanine may cause severe allergic reaction, which can be life-threatening. Call your doctor right away if you experience a rash, itching, swelling of the face, mouth or tongue, chest pain and have trouble breathing.
If you receive care from another doctor or dentist, tell them you used Indocyanine because it may cause changes in certain tests.

Do not take any other medication, over-the-counter-drug or herbal products while taking Indocyanine without your doctor’s approval.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Indocyanine Green.

The most significant side effect of Indocyanine is a severe allergic reaction, which can progress to life-threatening anaphylactic shock if not addressed quickly. Tell your doctor if you experience itching, a rash, swelling of the lips, face, mouth or tongue and difficulty breathing during and after use of Indocyanine.

Here are the other serious side effects of Indocyanine that requires immediate medical care:

  • Cough
  • Difficulties in swallowing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Redness of the skin
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
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