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Diatrizoate meglumine/diatrizoate sodium (Intravenous)

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):

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:


  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how it will be given. This medicine can be given in different ways, depending on what part of your body the doctor needs to see. This medicine might be given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
  • You will be given this medicine right before your X-ray or CT scan is performed.
  • Ask your doctor if you need to drink extra water before or after the test.

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 kidney disease, liver disease, lung disease, or if you have ever had a stroke. Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes, thyroid problems, an infection, multiple myeloma (a blood cell cancer), or pheochromocytoma (a tumor on the adrenal gland).
  • Tell your doctor if you also have high blood pressure, blood vessel disease, or congestive heart failure (CHF) or other heart disease. It is also important for your doctor to know if you have blood clotting problems or other blood diseases, including sickle cell disease.
  • 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.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have recently been given any other type of contrast dye.
  • 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
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath.
  • Fast or uneven heartbeat.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Headache or dizziness.
  • Lightheadedness or fainting.
  • Pale skin and blue lips or fingernails.
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
  • Trouble urinating.
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising.

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

  • Agitation, confusion, or increased sweating.
  • Change in taste.
  • Mild burning, stinging, pain, or numbness when the dye is injected.
  • Mild pain or swelling where the needle was placed.
  • Muscle cramps or tremors.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Skin rash, itching, or redness.
  • Warmth or redness in your face, neck, arms, or upper chest.
  • Weakness.

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

Last Updated: 11/4/2014
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