Optison is an ultrasound contrast media used to help provide a clear picture during the ultrasound. This contrast media contains very small gas-filled albumin microspheres that reflect the sound waves and aid in the creation of clearer images.
This drug is administered intravenously before the ultrasound to help diagnose problems of the heart. This drug is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a healthcare professional with specialized training in ultrasound procedures.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before using Optison, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. Data comparing the use of albumin microspheres sonicated in children with use in other age groups are still unavailable.
It is still unknown whether this drug works exactly the same way in younger adults. Data comparing the use of albumin microspheres sonicated in the elderly with use in other age groups. Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate.
Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional about potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.
Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as Pasireotide. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects.
Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco. Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as congenital heart defects, heart shunt, or liver problems.
To use Optison properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional.
The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.
4 Precautions to Take
Special precautions are not necessary after having Optison test.
5 Potential Side Effects
As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Optison. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.
Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms. Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention.
As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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