What should I know about Gadavist before receiving it?

Before you receive Gadavist (gadobutrol), you should know what it does, what the side effects are, and the signs of an allergic reaction. Gadavist is a contrast agent, a material that makes areas of the body more visible on imaging tests, such as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

If you have severe kidney disease or have had a kidney injury, you may be at increased risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), a potentially fatal condition that causes thickening of the skin and connective tissue and makes moving your joints difficult. Gadavist has also been linked to severe kidney damage in people who already have kidney disease. 

Gadavist is safe for most people, but its safety and effectiveness haven't been determined in children under 2.

Whether Gadavist is safe during pregnancy isn't known. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, talk to your doctor about whether the possible benefits of an MRI with Gadavist outweigh the potential dangers to the baby.

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