What are the side effects of gadoversetamide injection?

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Gadoversetamide injection is not recommended for people with certain kidney disorders, because it can lead to a possibly fatal condition called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF). The most frequent side effects of gadoversetamide include:

  • disturbances in the sense of taste
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • a "pins and needles" sensation
  • headaches
  • widening of blood vessels

Other less common reported side effects include:

  • allergic reactions
  • discomfort or inflammation at the injection site
  • weakness
  • pain, including abdominal, back, neck, pelvic or joint pain
  • indigestion
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • loss or increase of appetite
  • dry mouth
  • burping
  • flatulence
  • drooling
  • thirst
  • difficulty swallowing
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • urinary disturbances
  • excessive sweating
  • swelling, including facial swelling
  • high body temperature
  • flu-like symptoms
  • too high or too low blood pressure
  • pale skin
  • chest pain
  • disturbances of heart rhythm or rate
  • thrombocytopenia (low levels of blood platelets)
  • high blood levels of glucose, calcium or creatinine
  • low blood levels of glucose or sodium
  • hives
  • itching
  • dry skin
  • rash
  • thrombophlebitis (swelling caused by a blood clot in a vein)
  • ringing in the ears
  • sensitivity to noise
  • disturbances of smell
  • "lazy eye"
  • eye inflammation
  • congested nose
  • bloody nose
  • cough
  • coughing up of blood
  • asthma
  • shortness of breath
  • changed voice
  • inflamed throat or sinuses
  • spasms of the voice box
  • seizures
  • tremors
  • vertigo
  • sleepiness, anxiety
  • hallucinations
  • double vision
  • confusion
  • agitation
  • feelings of numbness
  • feelings of unreality
  • disturbances of muscle tone

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