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Last Updated 29 May 2013

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Meglumine amidotrizoate 3.3g/5ml / Sodium amidotrizoate 500mg/5ml oral solution sugar free

Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate (soh-dee-um ay-my-do-triz-oh-ate/meg-loo-meen ay-my-do-triz-oh-ate) is a medicine which is used in CT scanning and X-ray imaging.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Sodium amidotrizoate/meglumine amidotrizoate varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

There are 4 preparations of Sodium amidotrizoate/meglumine amidotrizoate available. If Meglumine amidotrizoate 3.3g/5ml / Sodium amidotrizoate 500mg/5ml oral solution sugar free is not the preparation you are looking for, please select from the drop down list below.

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Meglumine amidotrizoate 3.3g/5ml / Sodium amidotrizoate 500mg/5ml oral solution sugar free

Information specific to Meglumine amidotrizoate 3.3g/5ml / Sodium amidotrizoate 500mg/5ml oral solution sugar free when used in X-ray imaging

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Your medicine

Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate is a chemical that may be used when taking X-rays of the gastrointestinal tract. It improves the quality of X-ray images and can help a doctor make a diagnosis. Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate may also be used for the same reasons during a CT scan (computerised tomography scan).

Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate is usually given to you by a healthcare professional. The person responsible for giving you your medicine will make sure that you get the right dose.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber or someone involved in your medical care.

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When to take your medicine

The person with responsibility for giving you your medicine will make sure that you have your medicine at the prescribed times.

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How to take your medicine

This medicine will be given to you by a healthcare professional. If you have any concerns about this medicine or how this will be given to you, talk to someone who is involved in your medical care.

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Taking too much of your medicine

Having extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems.

In the case of Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate, the person who is responsible for giving you your medicine will make sure that you are given the correct dose.

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Stopping your medicine

As Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate is only used as a single dose, considerations to stopping this medicine are not relevant.

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Looking after your medicine

This medicine will be stored by the medical team.

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Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

Over time it is possible that Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

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Side-effects

A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.

Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.

Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown:

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call 111.

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Taking other medicines

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. At times your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, in other cases this may not be appropriate.

The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.

Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.

The following medicines may interact with Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate:

  • interleukin-2

The following types of medicine may interact with Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate:

If you are taking Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate and any of the above medicines, make sure your prescriber knows about it.

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Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

Like all medicines Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate can cause side effects. You should see how this medicine affects you and then judge if you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt, talk to your prescriber.

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Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when having Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate
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Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate
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Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate:

  • you should only have this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks that you need it

You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.

If the decision is that you should not have Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.

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Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate:

  • women who are breast-feeding should not have this medicine

Before you have your baby you should discuss breast-feeding with your doctor or midwife. If you wish to breast-feed you should discuss with your prescriber whether there are any other medicines you could take which would also allow you to breast-feed. You should not stop this medicine without taking advice from your doctor.

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Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's taste and appearance and to make it easier to take. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

This medicine contains meglumine amidotrizoate and sodium amidotrizoate.

We are unable to list all of the ingredients for your medicine here. For a full list, you should refer to the patient information leaflet that comes with this medicine. You should check that you are able to take the ingredients of your medicine, especially if you have any allergies. You should also check whether any of these ingredients are known to have side-effects.

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate before, do not take Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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Sodium amidotrizoate/Meglumine amidotrizoate, Version 4, last updated 29 May 2013