1 What is Lopamiro?

Brand: Lopamiro, Isovue, Iopamiron, Niopam

Generic: Iopamidol (Injection Route)

Lopamiro is used to make your internal organs more visible to x-rays. Iopamidol absorbs x-rays, so it allows blood vessels, organs, and other non-bony tissues to appear in x-ray films.

Iopamidol is a contrast agent, which are substances that increase visualization of internal structures of the body when viewed in imaging tests. It is used by doctors to help see your organs for diagnosing diseases and abnormalities.

Iopamidol is a prescription medication and must be used only with doctor’s supervision.

2 What to Know Before Using

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

You cannot use Iopamidol if you have an infection in the body. If you have active infections, tell it to your doctor.

Before taking Iopamidol, tell the doctor if you recently have had imaging procedure that used contrast agents.

Iopamidol can be used on children and elderly.

Before taking Iopamidol, tell the doctor all the medications you take. The doctor may have to know if you take medicines that can interact with Iopamidol.

Mention all your health conditions before taking Iopamidol.

Before you receive Iopamidol, the doctor needs to know if you have the following health problems:

Tell the doctor if you are pregnant before taking Iopamidol.

Iopamidol is an FDA pregnancy category B drug and so not expected to harm unborn babies. However, x-rays can cause severe harm to the fetus. Iopamidol can be expressed in breast milk. Do not breastfeed when you have received Iopamidol.

3 Proper Usage

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

Iopamidol is injected right before the x-ray imaging procedure.

The doctor will determine the amount of Iopamidol to inject.

Only a doctor or nurse can prepare and give you Iopamidol. Iopamidol is injected into your veins, so you can only have it in the clinic or hospital.

The doctor will tell you to drink plenty of fluids before and after injection of Iopamidol to avoid kidney complications.

Tell your health providers if you experience any symptoms like

  • burning,
  • pain
  • swelling during the administration of Iopamidol.

You will be observed for few hours after administration of Iopamidol to check for side effects or unwanted reactions.

Because your health provider will give you Iopamidol, overdosing or missing a dose is highly unlikely.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Lopamiro, there are some precautions you must take.

The doctor will monitor you for several hours after giving Iopamidol.

Make sure to tell the doctor if you experience any symptoms and maintain open communication at all times.

After receiving Iopamidol, make sure you do not become dehydrated to avoid problems in the kidneys.

If you experience fever, vomiting or diarrhea, call your doctor right away.

5 Potential Side Effects

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

Call the doctor if you experience the following after taking Iopamidol:

  • Feeling of about to faint or lightheadedness
  • Swelling anywhere in the body
  • Rapid or unexplained weight gain
  • Passing out little or no urine
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Experiencing seizures
  • Chest pain
  • Slow heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Hives
  • Dizziness
  • Burning sensation
  • Swelling in the neck or throat
  • Symptoms of thyroid problems like
    • extreme tiredness,
    • dry skin,
    • stiff joints,
    • muscle pain or weakness,
    • hoarseness of voice,
    • sensitivity to hot or cold environments,
    • experiencing weight gain
  • Symptoms of heart attack like
    • pressure or pain in the chest,
    • pain in the jaw or shoulder,
    • nausea and sweating
  • Symptoms of stroke like
    • sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body,
    • sudden severe headache,
    • slurred speech,
    • vision and balance problems