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Brand Names: Ablavar

Generic Name: gadofosveset trisodium (Pronunciation: GAD oh FOS ve set trye SOE dee um)

What is gadofosveset trisodium (Ablavar)?

Gadofosveset trisodium is a contrast agent that produces magnetic effects. It is used in combination with magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) to allow blood vessels, organs, and other non-bony tissues to be seen more clearly on the MRA.

Gadofosveset trisodium is used to help diagnose certain disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

Gadofosveset trisodium may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of gadofosveset trisodium (Ablavar)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite;
  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath; or
  • fast, uneven heart rate.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild itching;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • nausea, unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • warmth, redness, burning, or tingly feeling under your skin;
  • cold feeling, warmth, pain, bruising, or burning where the injection was given; or
  • numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about gadofosveset trisodium (Ablavar)?

Gadofosveset trisodium can cause a life-threatening condition in people with advanced kidney disease. The symptoms of this condition include:

  • burning, itching, swelling, scaling, and tightening or hardening of your skin;
  • muscle weakness;
  • joint stiffness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet;
  • deep bone pain in your ribs or your hips;
  • trouble moving; or
  • skin redness or discoloration.

Before receiving this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or if you are on dialysis. You may not be able to receive gadofosveset trisodium.

Also tell your doctor if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease (or liver transplant), a heart rhythm disorder, a personal or family history of "Long QT Syndrome," asthma or allergies, if you are over 60 years old, if you have ever had a reaction to a contrast agent, or if you have recently had an injury, surgery, or severe infection.

Your doctor or other healthcare provider may want to watch you for a short time after your test is over. This is to make sure you do not have any unwanted side effects or delayed reactions.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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