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What to do if I have allergy to iodine ( lugols/surg prep.) gastrografin needed for CT scan. is it safe for me to take?
Allergy: It probably wouldn't be cross reactive with gastrograffin because the allergy is not really to the iodine atom. However, if there is concern, there are alternatives to gastrograffin. For example, a diluted barium preparation, which contains no iodine, is perfectly appropriate as a CT oral contrast agent under most circumstances ...Read more
"gastrografin": This is a contrast material and has calcium in it, which "tastes chalky", but may have some light flavoring to counteract the chalky taste. It is used to outline the stomach and intestinal lining with x-rays of the area to determine ulcers or other abnormalities. It is white or light pink in general. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Iodine vs barium: Gastografin (diatrizoic acid) is radiocontrast agent containing iodine and may be used as an alternative to barium sulfate for medical imaging of the gastrointestinal tract, such as upper gastrointestinal series and small bowel series. It is indicated for use in patients who are allergic to barium, or in cases where the barium might be the contraindicated. ...Read more
Iodine allergy: Here is the fda blurb: anaphylactic reactions: anaphylactic reactions, including fatalities, have been reported with the use of gastrografin. Patients at increased risk include those with a history of a previous reaction to a contrast medium, patients with a known sensitivity to iodine, and patients with a known clinical hypersensitivity (bronchial asthma, hay fever, and food allergies). Medical p. ...Read more
Many: Allergic reactions to any drug vary widely from patient to patient. In my experience, it is very uncommon to have an allergic reaction to gastrografin. If you have an iodine allergy, then you should avoid gastrografin. Here is link to more detail information: http://www.Drugs.Com/pro/gastrografin.Html. ...Read more