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What VISIPAQUE is used for

VISIPAQUE is one of a group of medicines known as “contrast media” for diagnostic use. VISIPAQUE is used to improve the clarity of X-ray images of the internal organs of the body by increasing the degree of contrast of different structures within the body.

VISIPAQUE is used to study the heart, veins and arteries in the body's circulatory system and the urinary tract.

VISIPAQUE is intended for use in hospitals and radiology clinics only and will be given to you as an injection. Your doctor may have prescribed VISIPAQUE for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why VISIPAQUE has been prescribed for you.

How does VISIPAQUE work?

As VISIPAQUE flows through your blood vessels and organs, the Iodine in VISIPAQUE makes them appear darker during radiographic examinations. This makes them stand out on the X-ray film. This aids the doctor in identifying any problems with a particular organ.

Before you are given VISIPAQUE

When you must not be given it

VISIPAQUE should not be given to you if:

  1. You have ever had an allergic reaction to VISIPAQUE or, to any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet (see Product description) or to any other contrast medium. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include wheeziness, difficulty in breathing or tightness or pain in the chest, skin rash, swelling or itching.
  2. You have thyroid gland problems.
  3. The expiry date on the pack has passed. If you use it after the expiry date, it may have no effect at all, or worse, an entirely unexpected effect.

Before you are given it

You must tell your doctor if:

  1. You are pregnant, intend to become pregnant or breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
  2. You have, or have had, the following medical conditions:
  • Asthma
  • Allergies, for example hay fever or hives, or allergies to iodine-containing contrast media, any medicines or other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
  • Thyroid gland problems.
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney and/or liver disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Problems with your body producing certain enzymes (homocystinuria)
  • Heart disease and/or circulatory system problems
  • Multiple myeloma (cancer of blood cells) and other blood problems (paraproteinaemia)
  • Phaeochromocytoma (a tumour which raises blood pressure).
  1. You plan to have surgery

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you are given VISIPAQUE.

Taking other medicines

Tell the doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you buy without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with VISIPAQUE. These include:

  • Biguanides (eg metformin) a medicine for diabetes. Your doctor may ask you not to take biguanides for 48 hours before receiving an injection of VISIPAQUE.
  • Medicines used to treat high blood pressure or irregular heart beats (Adrenergic beta-blockers)
  • Contrast agents for the study of the gall bladder and bile ducts
  • General anaesthetics

These medicines may interact or affect the way VISIPAQUE works. Your doctor or pharmacist has more information to be careful with or avoid when using VISIPAQUE.

How VISIPAQUE is used

You will be given VISIPAQUE before or during your X-ray examination. VISIPAQUE will be injected into a vein by a qualified person. The amount injected can vary depending on the type of examination used, your age and your weight.

If you receive an overdose

As VISIPAQUE will be administered by a qualified person familiar with the procedure, overdosage is unlikely. In the event of overdosage, qualified personnel will be equipped to handle such an occurrence.

While you are using VISIPAQUE

If you need to have a thyroid function test within the next 14 days after examination with VISIPAQUE, please tell your doctor before the test is done.

If you have any blood or urine tests on the day of your examination with VISIPAQUE, tell your doctor you are using VISIPAQUE. VISIPAQUE may affect the results of some laboratory tests.

If you are about to start on any new medicine within the next day or two, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you have been given VISIPAQUE.

If you plan to have surgery that needs general anaesthetic, tell your doctor or dentist that you have been given VISIPAQUE.

Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you have been given VISIPAQUE.

Things to be careful of

Delayed reactions of iodine-containing dyes may occur.

If you feel light-headed, dizzy or faint as a result of the procedure, get up slowly when getting out of bed or standing up. Be careful if you are elderly, unwell or taking other medicines. Some people may experience side effects such as dizziness and unsteadiness as a result of the procedure, which may increase the risk of a fall.

Side effects

During and after your examination

Tell your doctor or healthcare worker as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are being given, or after you have been given VISIPAQUE.

Usually, VISIPAQUE does not cause any serious side effects. It can, however, sometimes cause unwanted effects in some people. All medicines can have side effects. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects during or after the procedure. Although there is a risk that you might get an unwanted effect, your doctor will have chosen this contrast medium by considering these risks and the benefits of the examination.

The type of side effect experienced may depend on the area of the body under examination.

The most frequent side effects are headache, nausea, changes in your sensation of taste, dizziness, rash, chest pain, itching and visual disturbances.

If you get any of the following during, or after, the examination:

  • swelling of the face, lips, mouth or throat which may cause wheeziness, difficulty in breathing or tightness, pain in the chest or changes in the way your heart beats
  • fainting
  • hives, lumps, swelling, itching throat or spots or other allergic symptoms.

You should tell the doctor straight away or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital as delayed reactions may occur occasionally. These are very serious side effects. If you have them, you may have had a serious allergic reaction to VISIPAQUE. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.

Other unwanted effects which may occur during, or after the examination include:

  • pain at the site of injection
  • weakness
  • fluid retention
  • neck stiffness
  • numbness
  • twitching
  • hearing disturbance
  • muscle cramps
  • confusion, anxiety or trembling
  • warmth and rash
  • shortness of breath and cough

These effects are usually mild to moderate and of short duration, resolving without any treatment. If they become severe or last more than a few days, tell your doctor.

If you experience any other unwanted effects, please tell your doctor. Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.

Product description

What it looks like

VISIPAQUE is a colourless to pale yellow injectable solution.


Active ingredient:


Other ingredients:

trometamol, sodium calciumedetate, sodium chloride, calcium chloride, water for injection and hydrochloric acid.

Note: This information may not be actual at the time of reading. Always look for actual instructions in the package with the medication.
It is forbidden to use these materials without the advice of healthcare professional.

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