Fluorodopa F 18 (By injection)
Fluorodopa F 18 (floor-oh-DOE-pa F 18)
Given just before a PET scan (positron emission tomography) to help diagnose Parkinsonian syndromes and other mental problems.
Brand Name(s):There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:This medicine is generally considered safe for most people. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
How to Use This Medicine:
- A doctor or other trained health professional will give you this medicine. It is given through a needle placed in one of your veins just before you have a PET scan.
- Your doctor may want you to take carbidopa at least 1 hour before receiving this medicine. You may need to stop taking any medicines for Parkinson's disease at least 12 hours before receiving this medicine.
- Drink enough water to be hydrated before the PET scan.
- You will need to urinate right away and as often as possible for 12 hours after the PET scan.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding, you must give your child stored breast milk or baby formula for 24 hours after you receive this medicine.
- You will be exposed to radiation while you receive this medicine. If you have any questions about this, talk to your doctor.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Pain, redness, or irritation of your skin where the needle is placed
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Last Updated: 6/10/2021