What are the side effects of gadobenate dimeglumine?

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The most commonly reported side effects associated with gadobenate dimeglumine include: headaches, dizziness, abnormal taste and nausea. As with any medication, gadobenate can cause an allergic reaction with symptoms ranging from hives to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that causes throat swelling and difficulty breathing. People with certain types of kidney disease who are given gadobenate are at risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. This condition causes scarring of the muscles, eyes, skin and internal organs. Symptoms include joint stiffness, muscle weakness, bone pain (especially in the ribs and hips), yellow eyes and skin changes, such as color changes, swelling, hardening or tightening.

Other rare side effects include: pain or inflammation at the injection site; drug leakage into the skin; fever, chills, infection; fatigue, generalized weakness; muscle pain or inflammation; back pain; fainting or loss of consciousness; confusion, difficulty using and understanding written or spoken language, increased muscle tone, increased sensation, paralysis, seizures, tremors; shortness of breath, hyperventilation, cough, fluid or blood clots in the lungs; low blood pressure; chest pain; palpitations, slow heart rate, abnormal heart rhythms or extra heartbeats; abdominal pain, constipation, heartburn, incontinence of stool and increased itching in people with cirrhosis; blood, protein or sugar in the urine; urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence or other urinary tract symptoms; vision changes or other eye disorders; runny nose or abnormal smells; ringing or pain in the ears; thirst, dry mouth, excess saliva and spasm of the voice box; itching or sweating; swelling of the face, hands and feet; blood cell abnormalities; high cholesterol; high or low blood sugar; high potassium, low sodium, low protein; and abnormal blood test results from tests such as those that assess liver function.

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