Consumer medicine information


Consumer Medicine Information

What is in IOSCAN?

IOSCAN is a product which has sodium amidotrizoate as the active ingredient.


  • sorbitol
  • acesulfame potassium
  • methylhydroxybenzoate
  • citric acid-anhydrous
  • quinoline yellow colour
  • lemon flavouring
  • water

in 10 mL sachets which are diluted with water prior to use.

What is it used for and how does it work?

IOSCAN is an oral solution for CAT-SCAN examination of the gastrointestinal tract. It must be diluted with water according to the directions prior to ingestion. It may be used when barium sulphate is not suitable.

Your doctor will have explained why you are being treated with IOSCAN and told you what dose to take.

What do I do before taking IOSCAN?

Let your doctor know if you have used IOSCAN before and if you had any problems with it.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, if you are planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you have ever sufferd from asthma or a history of allergy

Let your doctor know if you have any known allegic reaction to contrast media or iodine, or you are being treated for thyroid disease.

Tell your doctor if you are dehydrated or if you have any problem with the amount of salt in your body.

How do I take IOSCAN properly?

IOSCAN must be diluted with water according to instructions prior to drinking. The doctor will tell you when and how much you need to drink.


Open the IOSCAN sachet and pour into a cup, graduated to indicate a volume of 200 ml, and fill with water to the 200 ml mark, stir briefly with a spoon and drink. Do not store the diluted solution.

Usual dose

1 Sachet, diluted as in the instruction, at one and a half hour, one hour, and half hour before examination, or as instructed by the radiologist.

What if I have any problems taking IOSCAN?

The most common adverse effect seen with IOSCAN is a mild diarrhoea but this ceases as soon as the intestinal has been emptied.

Like all medicines there is risk that IOSCAN may cause new problems, however, the benefits that normally result from taking IOSCAN are generally considered great enough to be worth taking that small risk.

What if I take too much IOSCAN?

As your doctor will tell you how much to take, it is unlikely that you can take too much IOSCAN.

If you think you or anyone else may have taken too much IOSCAN immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26).for advise

If you take too much IOSCAN you may get mild diarrhoea.

Where should IOSCAN be stored?

IOSCAN should be kept in the sachet and stored below 30°C until the time of use. Sachets which have passed the use-by (expiry) date marked on the pack should be disposed of safely or returned to the pharmacist.

Do not use if sachet is torn or damaged.

Who do I ask if I have any questions about IOSCAN?

This leaflet does not tell you all that is known about IOSCAN. Please take any questions or problems that you may have about IOSCAN to your doctor or pharmacist. They will be happy to discuss them with you.

Who distributes IOSCAN

3 – 11 Primrose Avenue, Rosebery, NSW 2018
Telephone: 02 9662 4144; Facsimile: 02 662 1720


Published by MIMS June 2018