HEALTH GUIDE REFERENCE FROM A.D.A.M
Fludeoxyglucose F 18 (floo-dee-ox-ee-GLOO-kose F 18)
Given during a PET scan (a diagnostic exam that is used to view the human body). Helps your doctor to diagnose cancer, heart disease, or epilepsy.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Your doctor will determine if this medicine is right for you.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- Drink a full glass (8 ounces) of water before you receive this medicine. You may also need to drink extra fluids so you will pass more urine after you receive this medicine. For 12 hours after injection, use the bathroom, whenever possible. Flush the toilet several times after each use. Wash hands well to protect yourself and others. If you get body fluid such as blood, urine or stool on your clothing, wash them separately.
- After receiving this medicine, you will have a PET scan within forty minutes.
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
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have diabetes.
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.
- Anxiety, blurred vision, confusion, fast heartbeat, headache, or increased sweating.
- Lightheadedness or fainting.
- Numbness, tingling, or burning in your feet, legs, ankles, or hands.
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