Uses

This medication is used to treat certain cancers (pheochromocytoma, paraganglioma). Iobenguane I 131 is a radioactive drug. It works by building up in certain cancer cells and causing them to die.

How to use

This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. It is given as directed by your doctor, usually 2 doses given at least 90 days apart.

The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, lab tests, and response to treatment.

To decrease the risk of side effects, your doctor will prescribe other medications (such as drugs to prevent nausea) for you to use before each injection. Your doctor will also prescribe a drug to help protect your thyroid gland, starting 24 hours before and continuing for 10 days after each dose of this medication. To lessen damage to your bladder, drink at least 8 glasses (68 ounces/2 liters) of liquid daily, starting at least 1 day before and continuing for one week after each dose. Carefully follow all of your doctor's directions.

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