What are the side effects of gadopentetate dimeglumine?

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The most common side effects associated with gadopentetate dimeglumine are: headaches, nausea, dizziness and coldness at the injection site. Rare side effects also occur and may require medical attention. These include: high or low blood pressure; irregular heartbeat; angina pectoris/chest pain; widening of the blood vessels; swelling of blood vessels; deep vein thrombophlebitis; nerve and vessel compression, heart attack; stomach pain; diarrhea; constipation; vomiting; increased salivation; thirst; changes in taste; dry mouth; tooth pain; seizures; tremors; migraine headaches; agitation; anxiety; involuntary eye movements; double vision; unresponsiveness; throat irritation; sneezing; wheezing; laryngismus; cough; rashes; sweating; hives; swelling in your face; numbness or tingling; itching; pain at the injection site; feeling cold or warm; shivering; eye irritation; problems developing tears; eye pain; visual field problems; pink eye; ringing in the ears; and ear pain. A serious, life-threatening skin reaction called epidermal necrolysis, in which the top layer of skin separates from the other layers, has been reported as a side effect, as have back pain, weakness, fever, tiredness/drowsiness and changes in urination patterns.

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