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Brand Names: DaTscan

Generic Name: ioflupane I-123 (Pronunciation: EYE oh FLOO payne)

What is ioflupane I-123 (DaTscan)?

Ioflupane I-123 is in a group of drugs called diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals.(RAY dee oh far ma SOO tik als). Ioflupane I-123 is a radioactive agent that alows images of the brain to be detected by a gamma camera.

Ioflupane I-123 is used to detect brain signs of Parkinson's disease in people with symptoms such as tremors, loss of balance or coordination, shuffling walk, or other movement problems.

Ioflupane I-123 may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of ioflupane I-123 (DaTscan)?

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

Less serious side effects may include:

  • pain, swelling, burning, or irritation around the IV needle;
  • headache;
  • dizziness, spinning sensation;
  • dry mouth; or
  • nausea.

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 ioflupane I-123 (DaTscan)?

You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to ioflupane. Tell your doctor if you have ever had any type of reaction to another contrast agent, or to iodine.

Before you receive ioflupane I-123, tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver disease, or a thyroid disorder.

Drink plenty of liquid before you receive ioflupane I-123, and for at least 48 hours afterward. Follow your doctor's instructions about the types and amount of liquids you should drink before and after your test. Ioflupane I-123 is radioactive and it can cause dangerous effects on your bladder if it is not properly eliminated from your body through urination.

Do not allow yourself to become dehydrated during the first few days after receiving ioflupane I-123. Call your doctor if you have any vomiting or diarrhea during this time. Follow your doctor's instructions about the type and amount of liquids you should drink.



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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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