Diatrizoate meglumine/diatrizoate sodium (By mouth)

Introduction

Diatrizoate Meglumine (dye-a-trye-ZOE-ate MEG-loo-meen), Diatrizoate Sodium (dye-a-trye-ZOE-ate SOE-dee-um)

Used during a medical test or imaging procedure to help internal organs or other body parts show up better. This medicine is a contrast dye.

Brand Name(s)

Gastrografin, MD-Gastroview

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to diatrizoate meglumine or diatrizoate sodium.

How to Use This Medicine

Liquid

  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • You will be given this medicine before your X-ray or CT scan is performed.
  • Ask your doctor if you need to drink extra water before or after the test.
  • When used for children, this medicine may be mixed with water, soda, milk, or mineral oil.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a mineral imbalance, thyroid problem, or problem with your esophagus.
  • Tell your doctor and the person who does the test if you are allergic to iodine, or if you have asthma or any type of allergy. This includes hay fever, drug allergy, and food allergy.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Fast or uneven heartbeat.
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.
  • Pale skin and blue lips or fingernails.
  • Shortness of breath.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Headache.
  • Heartburn.
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach cramps.
  • Skin itching, rash, or redness.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

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

Review Date: March 4, 2014
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