florbetapir F 18
What is the most important information I should know about florbetapir F 18?
Receiving a radioactive agent such as florbetapir F 18 may increase your long-term risk of developing cancer. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.
What is florbetapir F 18?
Florbetapir F 18 is a radioactive agent that allows images of specific organs in the body to be detected by a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan.
Florbetapir F 18 is used together with a PET scan to detect the amount of plaque in the brain. Plaque is a build-up of certain proteins and diseased nerve cells that is often found in the brain of a person who has signs of Alzheimer's disease or other causes of dementia.
Florbetapir F 18 may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving florbetapir F 18?
Receiving a radioactive agent may increase your long-term risk of developing cancer. Talk with your doctor about your specific risk.
Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
Do not breastfeed within 24 hours after receiving florbetapir F 18. If you use a breast pump during this time, throw out the milk and do not feed it to your baby.
How is florbetapir F 18 given?
Florbetapir F 18 is injected into a vein by a healthcare provider.
This medicine is usually given 30 to 50 minutes before your PET scan.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Florbetapir F 18 is used as a single dose and does not have a daily dosing schedule.
What should I avoid while taking florbetapir F 18?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
What are the possible side effects of florbetapir F 18?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Common side effects may include:
- pain, bruising, swelling, or irritation where the medicine was injected;
- joint or muscle pain;
- increased blood pressure;
- nausea; or
- feeling tired.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect florbetapir F 18?
Other drugs may affect florbetapir F 18, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about florbetapir F 18.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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