DaTSCAN contains the active substance ioflupane ( 123I) which is used to help identify (diagnose) conditions in the brain. It belongs to a group of medicines called ?radiopharmaceuticals?, which contain a small amount of radioactivity.
When a radiopharmaceutical is injected, it collects in a specific organ or area of the body for a short time. Because it contains a small amount of radioactivity it can be detected from outside the body using special cameras. A picture, known as a scan, can be taken. This scan will show exactly where the radioactivity is inside the organ and the body. This can give the doctor valuable information about how that organ is working.
When DaTSCAN is injected into an adult, it is carried around the body in the blood. It collects in a small area of your brain. Changes in this area of the brain occur in:
Parkinsonism including Parkinsons disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.
A scan will give your doctor information about any changes in this area of your brain. Your doctor may feel that the scan would help in finding out more about your condition and deciding on possible treatment.
When DaTSCAN is used, you are exposed to small amounts of radioactivity. This exposure is less than in some types of X-ray investigation. Your doctor will always consider the possible risks and benefits of DaTSCAN.
This medicine is used for diagnostic use only. It is used only to identify illness.
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Do not use DaTSCAN if:
you are allergic hypersensitive to ioflupane or any of the other ingredients of DaTSCAN see Section 6 Further Information.
you are pregnant
Take special care with DaTSCAN
DaTSCAN is not recommended for:
- people with moderate or severe problems with their kidneys or liver
Use in Children
DaTSCAN is not recommended for:
- children aged 0 to 18 years
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Some medicines or substances can affect the way that DaTSCAN works. These include buproprion used to treat depression sadness benzatropine used to treat Parkinsons disease mazindol reduces appetite, as a means to treat obesity sertraline used to treat depression sadness methylphenidate used to treat hyperactivity in children and narcolepsy excessive sleepiness phentermine reduces appetite, as a means to treat obesity amfetamine used to treat hyperactivity in children and narcolepsy excessive sleepinessalso a drug of abuse cocaine sometimes used as an anaesthetic for nose surgery also a drug of abuse
Some medicines may reduce the quality of the picture obtained. The doctor may ask you to stop taking them for a short time before you receive DaTSCAN.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not use DaTSCAN if you are pregnant or think you may possibly be pregnant. This is because the child may receive some of the radioactivity. Tell your doctor if you think you might be pregnant. Alternative techniques which do not involve radioactivity should be considered.
If you are breast-feeding, your doctor may delay the use of DaTSCAN, or ask you to stop breast-feeding. It is not known whether ioflupane ( 123I) is passed into breast milk.
You should not breast-feed your child for 3 days after DaTSCAN is given. Instead use formula feed for your child. Express your breast milk regularly and throw away any breast milk you have expressed. You will need to continue to do this for 3 days, until the radioactivity is no longer in your body.
Driving and using machines
DaTSCAN has no known influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of DaTSCAN
DaTSCAN contains alcohol (ethanol) 5 % by volume. Each dose contains up to 197 mg alcohol. This is about the same as 5 ml beer, or 2 ml wine. This is harmful for those suffering from alcoholism. To be taken into account in pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and high risk groups such as patients with liver disease or epilepsy. Tell your doctor if any of these apply to you.
There are strict laws on the use, handling and disposal of radioactivity. DaTSCAN will always be used in a hospital or a similar place. It will only be handled and given to you by people who are trained and qualified to use it safely. They should tell you anything you need to do for the safe use of this medicine.
Your doctor will decide the dose that is best for you.
Before you receive DaTSCAN, your doctor will ask you to take some tablets or liquid that contain iodine. These stop the radioactivity building-up in your thyroid gland. It is important that you take the tablets or liquid as the doctor tells you.
DaTSCAN is given to you as an injection, usually into a vein in your arm. The recommended radioactivity given by injection is between 111 to 185 MBq (megabequerel or MBq is a unit used to measure radioactivity). A single injection is enough. The camera pictures are usually taken 3 to 6 hours after the injection of DaTSCAN.
If you get more DaTSCAN than you should
Since DaTSCAN is given by a doctor under controlled conditions, it is unlikely that you will get an overdose. Your doctor will suggest that you drink plenty of fluids to help the body get rid of the medicine. You will need to be careful with the water (urine) that you pass - your doctor will tell you what to do . This is normal practice with medicines like DaTSCAN. Any ioflupane ( 123I) which remains in your body will naturally lose its radioactivity.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, DaTSCAN can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The frequency of side effects is:
Common: affects 1 to 10 users in 100
Uncommon: affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000
- Increased appetite
- Taste disturbance
- Dry mouth
- A brief irritating feeling similar to ants crawling over your skin (formication)
- Intense pain on injection. This has been reported among patients receiving DaTSCAN into a small vein
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data.
- Hypersensitivity (allergic)
The amount of radioactivity in the body from DaTSCAN is very small. It will be passed out of the body in a few days without need for you to take special precautions.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not store above 25C. Do not freeze.
Do not use DaTSCAN after the expiry date, which is stated on the carton and vial after EXP. Hospital staff will ensure that the product is stored and thrown away correctly and not used after the expiry date stated on the label.
What DaTSCAN contains
The active substance is ioflupane 123I. Each ml of solution contains ioflupane 123I 74 MBq at reference time 0.07 to 0.13 gml of ioflupane. The other ingredients are acetic acid, sodium acetate, ethanol and water for injections.
What DaTSCAN looks like and contents of the pack
DaTSCAN is a 2.5 or 5 ml colourless solution for injection, supplied in a single colourless 10 ml glass vial sealed with a rubber closure and metal overseal.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
GE Healthcare Limited
Bucks HP7 9NA
GE Healthcare B.V.
Den Dolech 2
NL-5612 AZ, Eindhoven
For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:
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