Side Effects

Drug information provided by: Merative, Micromedex®

Along with its needed effects, radiopaque agents can cause serious side effects such as allergic reactions. These effects may occur almost immediately or a few minutes after the radiopaque agent is given. Although these serious side effects appear only rarely, your health care professional will be prepared to give you immediate medical attention if needed. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

  1. Abdominal or stomach pain and discomfort (severe)
  2. backache

For patients receiving gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs)

Incidence not known
  1. Burning or itching of the skin
  2. joint stiffness
  3. limited range of motion in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
  4. muscle weakness
  5. pain deep in the hip bone or ribs
  6. reddened or darkened patches on the skin
  7. skin swelling, hardening and/or tightening
  8. yellow raised spots on the whites of the eyes

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  1. Abdominal or stomach pain and discomfort (mild)
  2. chills
  3. fever
  4. nausea and vomiting

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.