Gallium Citrate Ga 67 (GAL-ee-um SIT-rate Ga 67)
Given during imaging tests to help your doctor see tumors and noncancerous changes.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to gallium citrate Ga 67 or benzyl alcohol. Do not breastfeed while you receive this medicine.
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.
- You will have an x-ray test within 1 day after you receive your injection.
- Your doctor may want to give you an enema or laxative 1 week after you receive gallium citrate Ga 67 injection. This helps remove the medicine from your body.
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 if you have liver disease or other medical problems.
- You may be exposed to radiation when you get this medicine. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about this.
- This medicine contains benzyl alcohol which may cause serious reactions to newborns, premature or low-birthweight infants, or patients with liver disease. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about this risk.
- The vial stopper contains dry natural rubber, which may cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to latex. Tell your doctor if you have a latex allergy before you receive this medicine.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
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
- Severe itching, rash, or redness of the skin
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild skin rash or itching
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed