Health Guide

Gadopentetate (By injection)

Gadopentetate Dimeglumine (gad-oh-PEN-te-tate dye-MEG-loo-meen)

Used to help view images of the brain, spine, tissues, and other parts of the body in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. This medicine is a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA).

Brand Name(s):


There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to gadopentetate, or if you have severe kidney disease.

How to Use This Medicine:


  • Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein. It is given just before you have an MRI scan.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
  • This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.

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:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, any type of infection, or a history of asthma or allergies. Tell your doctor if you have recently received another GBCA, or if you have had an allergic reaction to any contrast agent.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF)
    • Kidney problems
  • This medicine contains a metal called gadolinium, which can stay in your body (including the brain, bones, skin) for a long time (several months to years). Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about this.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.

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
  • Decrease in how much or how often you urinate, dizziness, confusion, nausea, dark urine, swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet
  • Muscle stiffness or weakness, stiff joints or trouble moving, deep bone pain
  • Pain, tenderness, redness, or swelling in the arm or leg where the needle was placed
  • Skin areas which turn red or dark or feel tight, skin that burns or itches, swells, scales, or hardens

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: 7/4/2018
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