What is Elucirem?
- Elucirem is a prescription medicine called a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA). Elucirem, like other GBCAs, is injected into your vein and used with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner.
- An MRI exam with a GBCA, including Elucirem, helps your healthcare provider to see problems better than an MRI exam without a GBCA.
- Your healthcare provider will review your medical records to make sure that you would benefit from using a GBCA with your MRI exam.
What is the most important information I should know about Elucirem?
- Elucirem contains a metal called gadolinium. Small amounts of gadolinium can stay in your body including the brain, bones, skin and other parts of your body for a long time (several months to years).
- It is not known how gadolinium may affect you, but so far, studies have not found harmful effects in patients with normal kidneys.
- Rarely patients have reported pains, tiredness, and skin, muscle or bone ailments for a long time, but these symptoms have not been directly linked to gadolinium.
- There are different GBCAs that can be used for your MRI exam. The amount of gadolinium that stays in the body is different for different gadolinium medicines. Gadolinium stays in the body more after gadodiamide than after gadoxetate disodium or gadobenate dimeglumine. Gadolinium stays in the body the least after, gadoterate meglumine, gadobutrol, gadoteridol, and gadopiclenol.
- People who get many doses of gadolinium medicines, women who are pregnant and young children may be at increased risk from gadolinium staying in the body.
- Some people with kidney problems who get gadolinium medicines can develop a condition with severe thickening of the skin, muscles and other organs in the body (nephrogenic systemic fibrosis). Your healthcare provider should screen you to see how well your kidneys are working before you receive Elucirem.
Who should not use Elucirem?
Do not receive Elucirem if you have had a severe allergic reaction to Elucirem.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Elucirem?
Before receiving Elucirem, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
- have had any MRI procedures in the past where you received a GBCA. Your healthcare provider may ask you for more information including the dates of these MRI procedures.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Elucirem can harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the possible risks to an unborn baby if a GBCA such as Elucirem is received during pregnancy.
- have kidney problems, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
- have had an allergic reaction to dyes (contrast agents) including GBCAs.
- Elucirem is administered by an intravenous (IV) bolus injection.
- It will be given by a healthcare professional in a healthcare setting when it's required for use with an MRI.
- After you receive Elucirem, your healthcare professional will monitor you for signs of a hypersensitivity reaction.
What are the possible side effects of Elucirem?
- See “What is the most important information I should know about Elucirem?”
- Allergic reactions. Elucirem can cause allergic reactions that can sometimes be serious. Your healthcare provider will monitor you closely for symptoms of an allergic reaction.
The most common side effects of Elucirem include: injection site pain, headache, nausea, injection site coldness, injection site warmth, dizziness, and localized swelling.
These are not all the possible side effects of Elucirem.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
General information about the safe and effective use of Elucirem
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. You can ask your healthcare provider for information about Elucirem that is written for health professionals.
What are the ingredients in Elucirem?
Active ingredient: gadopiclenol
Inactive ingredients: tetraxetan, trometamol, hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment; and water for injection
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