What are the possible side effects of Gadavist?

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About 4% of people in studies of Gadavist (gadobutrol) had side effects. Gadavist is a contrast agent that may be given by injection before you undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to enhance the clarity of the MRI images, particularly of the central nervous system (brain and spinal column). Common side effects of Gadavist include:
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • irritation at the injection site, such as burning, pain or a cold or hot feeling
  • unusual taste in your mouth
  • feeling hot
  • dizziness
Allergic reactions are rare. Signs of an allergy may include:
  • hives
  • a drop in blood pressure
  • flushed or pale skin
If you have severe kidney disease or have had an acute 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.

Talk to your doctor for more information about Gadavist and its potential side effects.

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