What should I know about gadopentetate before receiving it?

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Before having gadopentetate dimeglumine administered, you should inform your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction of any kind to medicine, food, dyes, animals or preservatives. If you have had an allergic reaction to gadolinium-based agents in the past, you may have a reaction to gadopentetate. You also should inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have. If you have a history of renal or liver disease, a seizure disorder, sickle cell or hemolytic anemia, a recent head or brain injury, asthma, allergies, a history of stroke or blood clots or are on dialysis, use of gadopentetate might lead to complications. If you develop side effects after having gadopentetate administered, contact your doctor as this may indicate nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a serious renal problem. Gadopentetate is not indicated for children under two years of age. You should not use gadopentetate if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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