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Gallium Ga 68 Dotatate injection

What is this medicine?

Gallium Ga 68 Dotatate (GAL ee uh m Ga 68 DOH te tate) is a radiopharmaceutical. It is used with a PET scan to identify possible neuroendocrine tumors (NETs).

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Drink plenty of water before and after the PET scan and urinate as often as possible during first few hours after PET scan to minimize radiation exposure.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • nausea, vomiting

  • pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

  • lanreotide

  • octreotide

  • pasireotide

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to gallium, dotatate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • thyroid disease

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine. Pump and discard breast milk for 12 hours after receiving this medicine.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2018 Elsevier