1 What is Radiop?

Brand: Radiop

Generic: Radiogardase

Here you can find out more about using Radiop. Radiopaque are diagnostic agents that are opaque to the X-rays.

Because of their opacity, these agents are used to visualize certain body areas, where they accumulate after administration.

Only a radiologist or a health professional in the presence of a radiologist can administer radiopaque to you.

The local radiopaque agents are used to diagnose diseases of:

  • Urinary tract: Diatrizoates, Iohexol, Iothalamate
  • Uterus and fallopian tube: Diatrizoate and Iodipamide, Diatrizoates, Iohexol, Ioxaglate

2 What to Know Before Using

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

Take care of the following factors before taking a diagnostic test:

Allergies: Inform your doctor if are allergic to this medicine, any other medicines or foods, dyes, or preservatives.

Pediatric: Safety and efficacy of radiopaque in children have not been well documented. Therefore, consult your child’s doctor before using them for your kids.

Geriatric: Radiopaque may be used in elderly after assessing risks and benefits of the use.

Pregnancy: Though certain radiopaque agent is safe in pregnancy, most of these agents are not safe for use during pregnancy. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for pregnancy before opting for any diagnostic test.

Breastfeeding: If you are breastfeeding, consult your doctor before taking any diagnostic agent.

Drug Interactions: Taking two medicines together can be harmful due to possible interactions. In other cases, even if there is a possible interaction between two medicines your doctor may advise you to take them together after adjusting the dose or issuing precautions.

Inform your doctor about your intake of other prescription or nonprescription medicines, if any.

Other Interactions: Taking your medicine together with certain foods or items such as alcohol or tobacco may cause undesirable interactions.

Talk to your doctor to know if using this medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco is safe.

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions if any:

  • Acute kidney impairments arising from a severe liver problem (hepato-renal syndrome [HRS])
  • Acute kidney impairment occurring before, during, or after a liver transplant
  • Severe acute or chronic kidney impairment: Do not use gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) in these conditions as it might increase the risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a potentially debilitating condition that affects the skin, muscle, and internal organs.
  • History of allergic conditions including asthma and hay fever
  • Positive skin allergy test or penicillin test: You may be more likely to have an allergic reaction to the radiopaque agent.
  • Prostate enlargement: Enlarged prostate may cause difficulty while passing the radiopaque solution into the bladder or ureters.
  • Urinary tract infection: There is a higher risk of complications.
  • Severe pelvic inflammatory disease

3 Proper Usage

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

Here are some points to watch for:

  • Listen to your doctor carefully to know if your tests require special preparations, such as using a laxative, enema, or vaginal douche.
  • Ask your doctor right away if you do not understand any instructions regarding such preparations.
  • Sometimes, your doctor may ask you to urinate a few minutes before the test.
  • For a patient on hemodialysis undergoing a test involving a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA), s/he may need hemodialysis immediately after the test.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Radiop, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Consider these:

Iodine-containing diagnostic tests can interfere with the results of a thyroid test. Therefore, inform your doctor before going for a thyroid test.

See your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of:

  • Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF), a potentially fatal condition, including burning or itchy skin
  • red or dark patches on the skin
  • swollen skin
  • yellow raised dots on the white portion of the eyes
  • stiff joint
  • limited movement of the arms and legs
  • pain in the hip bone or ribs
  • muscle weakness

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Radiop to avoid unwanted potential side effects. Some radiopaque agents are associated with serious side effects occurring immediately after administration of the radiopaque agent, including allergic reactions.

Consult your doctor immediately if you experience:

Less common:

The side effects in patients receiving gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) include:

Incidence not known:

  • Burning or itchy skin
  • Stiff joints
  • Restricted movement of the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain in the hip bone or ribs
  • Red or dark patches on the skin
  • Swollen skin
  • Yellow raised dots on the white portion of the eyes

Mild and non-serious side effects usually go away on their own without requiring medical intervention. You may also ask your doctor to learn more about how you may prevent or reduce the side effects.

Talk to your doctor if the side effects persist or worry you, including:

More common: 

  • Mild abdominal pain
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea and vomiting

The side effects of the medicine are not limited to the ones listed above. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any side effects that are uncommon or worry you. To report side effects to the FDA, contact at 1-800-FDA-1088.