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Brand & Generic Names

Cyanocobalamin Co 57 Technetium Tc 99m Disofenin
Cyanocobalamin Co 60 Technetium Tc 99m Gluceptate
Ferrous Citrate Fe 59 Technetium Tc 99m Human
Gallium Citrate Ga 67 Serum Albumin
Indium In 111 Pentetate Technetium Tc 99m Medronate
Iodinated I 131 Albumin Technetium Tc 99m Oxidronate
Iodohippurate Sodium I 123 Technetium Tc 99m Pentetate
Iodohippurate Sodium I 131 Technetium Tc 99m
Iothalamate Sodium I 125 Pyrophosphate
Krypton KR 81m Technetium Tc 99m Succimer
Selenomethionine Se 75 Technetium Tc 99m Sulfur
Sodium Chromate Cr 51 Colloid
Sodium Iodide I 123 Thallous Chloride Tl 201
Sodium Iodide I 131 Xenon Xe 127
Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m Xenon Xe 133
Sodium Phosphate P 32
Technetium Tc 99m Albumin

Basic Information

  • Habit forming? No
  • Prescription needed? Yes
  • Available as generic? Yes
  • Drug class: Radio-pharmaceuticals


    To help establish an accurate diagnosis for many medical problems, such as pernicious anemia, malabsorption, iron metabolism, cancer, abscess, infection, cerebrospinal fluid flow, blood volume, kidney diseases, lung diseases, pancreas diseases, red blood cell disorders, spleen diseases, thyroid diseases, thyroid cancer, brain diseases or tumor, bladder diseases, eye tumors, liver diseases, heart diseases, bone diseases, bone marrow diseases.

Dosage & Usage Information

How to take:
As directed by nuclear medicine specialist. Most are given intravenously by the doctor, some are taken by mouth.
Drink lots of liquids and urinate often after test to decrease possible radiation effect on the kidneys and urinary bladder.

When to take:
According to individual instructions.

If you forget a dose:
Take as soon as you remember.

What drug does:
Very small quantities of radioactive substances concentrate in various organs of the body and become measurable. Pictures or readings of the organ or system under study become possible.

Time lapse before drug works:
Varies between products.

Don't take with:
Any other medicine without consulting doctor.


None expected.


    None expected.

Possible Adverse Reactions or Side Effects


    Hives, rash, intense Seek emergency itching, faintness treatment immediately. soon after a dose (anaphylaxis).


    Appetite loss.


    Drowsiness; fast heartbeat; swollen feet, ankles, hands or throat; abdominal pain; rash; hives; nausea; vomiting, headache; red or flushed face; fever; fainting.


    Constipation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, wheezing.

Warnings & Precautions

Don't take if:
You are allergic to the prescribed drug.

Before you start, consult your doctor:

  • If you have had allergic reactions to human serum albumin.
  • If you are allergic to anything.

Over age 60:
Adverse reactions and side effects may be more frequent and severe than in younger persons. Ask doctor about smaller doses.

Avoid during pregnancy if possible.

Drug passes into milk. Avoid drug or discontinue nursing until you finish medicine. Consult doctor for advice on maintaining milk supply.

Infants & children:
No problems expected.

Prolonged use:
Not intended for prolonged use.

Skin & sunlight:
No problems expected.

Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
No problems expected.

No problems expected.

Some of these agents may accumulate in the urinary bladder. To decrease chance of excessive radiation, drink 8 oz. of fluid every hour for 10 to 12 hours following the test, unless otherwise specified by your doctor.

Possible Interaction with Other Drugs

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Possible Interaction with Other Substances

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Alcohol: None expected.
Beverages: None expected.
Cocaine: None expected.
Foods: None expected.
Marijuana: None expected.
Tobacco: None expected.

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