Omnipaque 140 is a contrast agent given to make internal organs more visible for imaging procedures like myelography, CT (computerized tomography) scan, and angiography. Iohexol is an iodine-based substance.
Doctors use Omnipaque 140 as an injection, oral or rectal administration to diagnose conditions in:
uterus and nearby structures
Omnipaque 140 is a prescription medication and must be used only according to doctor’s instructions.
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2 What to Know Before Using
Your doctor will inform you of what you need to know before using Omnipaque 140. Tell the doctor if you have allergies to iodine or experienced sensitivities to iodine-based contrast agents before receiving Omnipaque 140.
Also, mention to the doctor if you have allergies to foods like shellfish and to iodine antiseptics (like Betadine). Iohexol is eliminated in the kidneys. Make sure to tell the doctor if you are dehydrated, have problems in the kidneys or have difficulty urinating before receiving Iohexol.
Mention all the medicines you take before taking Iohexol, including prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and multivitamins. Iohexol is known to interact with certain medications like Metformin, Amiodarone, painkillers and medications for a cough and asthma. The doctor may temporarily stop the use of these medications before you take Iohexol.
Iohexol can be used in children and elderly safely. Tell your doctor if you use alcohol or tobacco before taking Omnipaque 140. Tell the doctor all your health conditions before receiving Omnipaque 140.
The doctor needs to know if you have any of the following health problems:
Homocystinuria. Patients with homocystinuria are not candidates for angiography due to risk of blood clotting problems
3 Proper Usage
Proper usage of Omnipaque 140 requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. You can only have Omnipaque 140 in the doctor’s clinic or hospital.
The doctor will determine the dose of Omnipaque 140 and the route of administration. Depending on the imaging test and presentation, you may take Omnipaque 140 by mouth, administered through the rectum, or injected into your veins or the spinal cord.
Before administration, the doctor may give you medications (corticosteroids or antihistamines) to reduce the incidence of undesirable effects. Iohexol is given before the imaging test.
The doctor will instruct you to drink plenty of fluids after the test to facilitate elimination of Iohexol through the urine. Only health professionals can give you Iohexol. Because you will be given Iohexol in a health facility, overdosing and missing a dose is unlikely.
4 Precautions to Take
In using Omnipaque 140, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. The doctor will monitor your condition after receiving Omnipaque 140.
Make sure to stick to scheduled visits and maintain open communication with your doctor after receiving Omnipaque 140. If you became pregnant soon after taking Iohexol, tell the doctor right away.
Iohexol may cause severe kidney problems, especially in individuals with medical conditions in the urinary tract. Kidney complications are generally avoidable by drinking plenty of fluids before and after taking Iohexol.
Numbness or weakness of an arm or one side of the body.
Iohexol may cause anaphylaxis or very severe acute allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis can cause death if not treated right away. Anaphylaxis can occur even to individuals who did not have previous reactions to Iohexol and other iodine-based agents.
Call your doctor if you experienced the following symptoms:
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