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This leaflet answers some common questions about OMNIPAQUE. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your radiologist (the specialist doctor who does X-rays), doctor or pharmacist.
All preparations of this type have risks and benefits. Your radiologist and/or your doctor have weighed the risks of you receiving OMNIPAQUE against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about being given this preparation, ask your radiologist, doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
OMNIPAQUE is one of a group of medicines known as “contrast media” for diagnostic use. OMNIPAQUE is used in X-ray examinations in many different parts of the body for adults and children. It can make it easier to find and see abnormalities, and improves the diagnostic information needed by the doctor.
OMNIPAQUE should not be given to you if:
You must tell your doctor if:
Tell the doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with OMNIPAQUE. These include:
These medicines may interact or affect the way OMNIPAQUE works. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure whether you are taking biguanides or interleukin-2.
You should not eat or drink anything in the two hours before your examination with OMNIPAQUE. It is, however, important to drink plenty of water before the examination and after the examination.
You will be given OMNIPAQUE before or during your X-ray examination. OMNIPAQUE will be injected by a qualified person. The amount injected can vary depending on the type of examination used, your age and your weight.
An overdose may lead to serious effects on the kidneys. If you are given an overdose, your doctor will decide how to treat you.
After examination of the spinal canal (myelography), you will be asked to rest in bed in a sitting or semi-sitting position and to avoid bending down for the first few hours. It is not advisable to drive a vehicle or operate machinery for at least 24 hours following an intrathecal examination (myelography).
If you need to have a thyroid function test within the next 14 days after examination with OMNIPAQUE, please tell your doctor before the test is done.
If you have any blood or urine tests on the day of your examination with OMNIPAQUE, tell your doctor you are using OMNIPAQUE. OMNIPAQUE may affect the results of some laboratory tests.
Delayed reactions of iodine-containing dyes may occur.
Usually, OMNIPAQUE does not cause any problems. It can, however, sometimes cause unwanted effects in some people. The most frequent effect is a mild sensation of warmth or pain during the injection. Although there is a risk that you might get an unwanted effect, your doctor will have chosen this treatment by considering these risks and the benefits for the examination.
If you get any of the following during or after the examination:
you should tell your doctor straight away.
Other unwanted effects which are unusual, but which may occur during or after the examination include:
These effects are often mild and of short duration. If they become severe or last for more than a few days, tell your doctor. Sometimes, medical treatment is necessary.
If you get any of the following during or after myelography:
you should inform your doctor immediately.
Please tell your radiologist or doctor as soon as possible if you experience any other unwanted effects, or if you do not feel well after receiving an injection of OMNIPAQUE during the X-ray procedure or afterwards.
OMNIPAQUE is a sterile solution for injection which contains a substance called iohexol. The expiry date for OMNIPAQUE is printed on the label. The product should not be used after this date. OMNIPAQUE also contains the following inactive ingredients in small amounts:
180 mg I/mL:
10mL glass vial, packs of 10* AUST R 12595
15mL glass vial, packs of 10 AUST R 48215
20mL glass vial, packs of 20* AUST R 48216
10mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76061
15mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76070
240 mg I/mL:
10mL glass vial, packs of 10* AUST R 12596
10mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76063
15mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76058
20mL glass vial, packs of 25* AUST R 48217
20mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76072
50mL glass and PPE* bottle, packs of 10 AUST R 39861
50mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76066
300 mg I/mL:
10mL glass vial, packs of 10* AUST R 15473
10mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76064
20mL glass vial, packs of 25 AUST R 48220
20mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76071
40mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76059
50mL glass and PPE* bottle, packs of 10 AUST R 39864
50mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUSTR 76068
75mL glass bottle, packs of 10 AUST R 48243
100mL glass and PPE* bottle, packs of 10 AUST R 48244
350 mg I/mL:
20mL glass vial, packs of 25 AUST R 39868
20ml PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76069
40mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76060
50mL glass and PPE* bottle, packs of 10 AUST R 15474
50mL PPE ampoule, packs of 1* and 10* AUST R 76065
75mL glass bottle, packs of 10 AUST R 48225
100mL glass and PPE* bottle, packs of 10 AUST R 48233
125mL glass bottle packs of 10* AUST R 48234
150mL glass and PPE bottle, packs of 10* AUST R 48236
175mL glass and PPE bottle, packs of 10* AUST R 48238
200mL glass and PPE* bottle, packs of 6 AUST R 48241
OMNIPAQUE should be stored below 30°C, protected from the light. Do not freeze.
Please ask your doctor, radiologist or nurse if you would like to know more or have any questions about OMNIPAQUE.
GE Healthcare Pty Limited
21 South St
Rydalmere NSW 2116
Tel: (02) 9846 4000
Fax: (02) 9846 4001
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Published by MIMS/myDr May 2009