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Diatrizoic Acid



Diatrizoic acid is a contrast medium used as an alternative or in combination with barium sulphate for medical imaging (radiological examination) of the digestive tract (gastro-intestinal tract) and in computerised tomography (CT scan) of the abdominal region (e.g. kidneys).
It is also used in the treatment of a condition in which the sticky nature of the newborn’s bowel causes the bowel to be blocked (meconium ileus).

How it works

Diatrizoate meglumine belongs to group of drugs called Iodinated radiopaque contrast medium. It works by coating the stomach, esophagus or duodenum (part of small intestine) but not absorbed by the body so that these organs can be easily visualized in X-ray or CT-scan examinations.

Common side effects

Nausea, Diarrhoea, Blood in urine, Chest tightness, Convulsion, Cough, Dizziness, Difficulty in swallowing, Fatigue, Weakness, Skin rash, Itching, Tachycardia, Vomiting


Expert advice

• Do not use diatrizoate meglumine with metformin and propranolol as it may cause serious side effects.
• Seek immediate medical attention if you develop severe reactions, seizures, trouble in breathing, or tightness in the chest.
• Tell your doctor if you have severe heart disease, swelling in the neck caused by enlargement of thyroid gland.
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Patients who are allergic to diatrizoate meglumine or iodine should avoid it.
• Patients with overactive thyroid gland should not be administered diatrizoate meglumine.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)