Lipiodol Ultra-Fluide

Lipiodol Ultra-Fluide




Pacific Healthcare
Full Prescribing Info
Ethyl esters of iodized fatty acids of poppy seed oil.
Ethyl esters of iodized fatty acids of poppy seed oil corresponding to an iodine content of 480 mg/mL.
One 10 mL ampoule contains iodine 4,800 mg.
Viscosity at 15°C: 70 cP (centipoise)
Viscosity at 37°C: 25 cP
Relative density at 15°C: 1.280
This medicinal product does not contain any excipients.
Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Non-Water Soluble Contrast Agents. ATC Code: V08D01 (V: Other).
Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics: Used in Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation by selective intra-arterial hepatic injection, LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE allows, as an oily contrast agent, the visualisation and control of the procedure thanks to its opacifying properties. As a vehicle, it carried and elutes anticancer drugs into hepatocellular carcinoma nodule and, as a transient embolic agent, it contributes to the vascular embolisation induced during the procedure.
As a selective intra-arterial hepatic injection procedure, Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation combines the effect of a loco-regional targeted anticancer drug with the effect of an ischemic necrosis induced by dual arterio-portal embolisation. LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE's opacifying properties and tropism for hepatic tumours continues for several months, so post procedure imaging can be performed for an effective patient follow-up.
Pharmacokinetics: After Lymphatic Injection: LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE is released into the blood, taken up by the liver and lungs where the oily droplets are degraded in the pulmonary alveoli, spleen and adipose tissue.
After being taken up by the tissues and storage organs, reabsorption of Lipiodol occurs over a period lasting from a few days to several months or years. This is continous and regular and the presence of iodine in the urine can be detected as long as contrast material is visible on the images.
After Selective Intra-Arterial Injection: The iodine is eliminated mainly in the urine. After selective inra-arterial injection into the hepatic artery for Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation of hepatocellular carcinoma, LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE is significantly more concentrated in the tumour than in the healthy liver tissue.
Toxicology: Preclinical Safety Data: Preclinical data from conventional studies on pharmacological safety, single- and repeated-dose toxicoloy, genotoxicity and reproductive and developmental functions showed no particular risks for human subjects.
In Diagnostic Radiology: Lymphography, hysterosalpingography, sialography.
In Interventional Radiology: Visualisation, localisation and vectorisation during Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation (TACE) of hepatocellular carcinoma at intermediate stage, in adults.
Dosage/Direction for Use
In diagnostic radiology: Lymphography: Admister via a catheter inserted into a lymph duct. A dye can first be injected to locate the lymph ducts.
The usual dose is 5 to 7 mL via the strict lymphatic route to enhance contrast in an extremity (depending on the height of the subject), i.e. 10 to 14 mL for bilateral lymphography of the feet.
Hysterosalpingography: Adminstration is by slow injection into the uterine cervical canal via a syringe and suitable cannula.
The recommended dose is 10 to 20 mL, depending on the volume of the uterine cavity.
Sialography: Administration is by cannulation of salivary duct. Not more than 5 mL until the salivary gland is filled.
Paediatric Population: The dose must be reduced proportionally in children. In infants 1 to 2 years of age, a dose of 1 mL per extremity is sufficient.
Patients with low weight: The dose must be reduced proportionally in this population.
Elderly: The product must be administered with special care in patients over 65 years of age with underlying diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory or nervous systems. Keeping in mind that part of the product temporarily embolises the pulmonary capillaries, the dose must be adjusted in elderly patients with cardio-respiratory failure or the examination must be cancelled.
In Interventional Radiology: Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation of hepatocellular carcinoma: The administration is by selective intra-arterial catheterism of the hepatic artery. The procedure should be performed within a typical interventional radiology setting with the apporpriate equipment. The dose of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE can be mixed with anticancer drugs such as cisplatin, doxorubicin, epirubicin and mitomycin. Instructions and precatuions for use of the anticancer drugs must be strictly followed.
Instructions for preparation of the mixture of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE with an anticancer drug: Prepare two syringes large enough to contain the total volume of mixture. The first syringe contains the anticancer drug solution, the second syringe contains LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE.
Connect the two syringes to a 3-way stopcock.
Perform 15 to 20 back and forth movements between the two syringes to obtain a homogenous mixture. It is recommended to start by pushing the syringe with the anticancer drug first.
The mixture is to be prepared at the time of use and must be used promptly after preparation (within 3 hours). If necessary during the interventional radiology procedure, the mixture can be re-homogenised as describes from the previous text.
When the adequate mixture is obtained, use a 1 to 3 mL syringe to inject in the micro-catheter.
The procedure can be repeated every 4 to 8 weeks according to tumour response and patient conditions.
Paediatric population: The efficacy and safety of the use of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE for Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation of hepatocellular carcinoma have not been established in children.
Elderly: The product must be administered with special care in patients over 65 years of age with underlying disease of cardiovascular, respiratory or nervous systems.
Overdose can cause respiratory, cardiac or cerebral complications, which can be fatal. The frequency of micro-embolisms may be increased after an overdose.
The total dose of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE must not exceed 20 mL.
The treatment of an overdose involves immediate symptomatic treatment and maintenance of vital functions. Establishments performing examinations with contrast agents must have emergency medicines and equipment available.
Hypersensitivity to any product containing iodine or LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE (ethyl esters of iodised fatty acids of poppy seed oil); pregnant women or acute pelvic inflammation; confirmed hyperthyroidism or pulmonary insufficiency; traumatic lesions, haemorrhage or recent bleeding (risk of extravasation or embolism); bronchography (the product rapidly fill the bronchioles and alveoli).
Contraindications specific to the use in interventional radiology: Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation: Administration in liver areas with dilated bile ducts unless drainage has been performed.
Warning: If a rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, uncomfortable breathing occur, stop using the medication and consult a physician.
Lymphography: Pulmonary embolism occurs in most patients undergoing lymphography with injection of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE, as part of the product temporarily embolises the pulmonary capillaries. It is uncommon for this embolism to be manifested clinically; should this occur, the signs are immediate (though they may appear several hours or even several days after administration) and are usually transient. For this reason, doses must be adjusted or the examination cancelled in subjects with impaired respiratory function, cardio-respiratory failure or right ventricular overload, particularly if the patient is elderly. Doses must also be reduced after anti-neoplastic chemotherapy or radiotherapy because lymph nodes shrink significantly and retain very little contrast agent. The injection should be carried out with radiological or endoscopic guidance. Pulmonary invasion can be reduced to the minimum by confirming radiologically that the injection is strictly intralymphatic (and not intravenous) and by discontinuing the examination as soon as the contrast agent becomes visible in the thoracic duct or as soon as lymphatic obstruction is observed.
Hypersensitivity: All iodinated contrast agents may cause minor or major hypersensitivity reactions that may be life-threatening. These hypersensitivity reactions may be either allergic (described as anaphylactic reactions when serious) or non-allergic. They may be immediate (withing 60 minutes) or delayed (up to 7 days). Anaphylactic reactions occur immediately and can be fatal. They are independent of the dose, can occur after even the first dose of the product, and are often unpredictable.
Emergency resuscitation equipment must be immediately available due to the risk of a major reaction.
Patients who have previously experienced a reaction during administration of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE or who have a history of hypersensitivity to iodine are at higher risk for another reaction if the product is again administered.
They are thus considered to be patients at risk.
Injection of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE may exacerbate symptoms of asthma. In patients whose asthma is not controlled by treatment, the decision to use LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE must be based on a careful consideration of the benefit-to-risk ratio.
Thyroid: Because of the free iodine content in iodinated contrast agents, they may modify thyroid function and cause hyperthyroidism in predispose patients. Patients at risk are those with latent hyperthyroidism or thyroid autonomy. Iodism occurs more commonly with LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE than with water-soluble organic iodine derivatives.
Lymphography saturates the thyroid with iodine for several months and consequently thyroid function tests must be carried out before the radiological examination.
Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation: Trans-arterial Chemo-Embolisation is not recommended in patients with decompensated liver cirrhosis (Child-Pugh ≥8), advanced liver dysfunction, macroscopic invasion and/or extra-hepatic spread of the tumour.
Hepatic intra-arterial procedures can cause an irreversible liver insufficiency in patients with serious liver malfunction and/or undergoing close multiple sessions. More than 50% liver replacement with tumour, bilirubin level greater than 2 mg/dL, lactate dehydrogenase level greater than 425 mg/dL, aspartate aminotransferase level greater than 100 IU/L and decompensated cirrhosis have been described as associated with increased post-procedural mortality.
Oesophageal varices must be carefully monitored as they can rupture immediately after treatment. If a risk of rupture is demonstrated, endoscope sclerotherapy/ligature should be performed before the Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation procedure.
Iodinated contrast agent induced renal insufficiency must be synthetically prevented by correct rehydration before and after the procedure.
The risk of superinfection in the treated area is normally prevented by administration of antibiotics.
Special Precautions
LIPIODOL ULTRA FLUIDE must not be administered intravenously, intra-arterially (apart from selective catheterisation), or intrathecally.
There is a risk of hypersensitivity whatever the dose administered.
Hypersensitivity: Before the examination: Identify patients at risk in a detailed interview on their history.
Corticosteroids and H1 antihistamines have been proposed as premedication in patients at greatest risk for hypersensitivity reactions (patients with known hypersensitivity to a contrast agent. However, they do not prevent the occurrence of serious or fatal anaphylactic shock.
Throughout the examination, maintain: medical monitoring, an indwelling intravenous catheter.
After the examination: After contrast agent administration, the patient must be monitored for at least 30 minutes, as most serious adverse reactions occur within this time period. The patient must be warned of the possibility of delayed reactions (for up to seven days) (see Adverse Reactions).
Thyroid: Possible thyroid risk factors must be investigated to prevent metabolic disorders, if iodinated contrast agents are to be administered to patients at risk, thyroid function tests must be carried out before the examination.
Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation: Iodinated contrast agents can induce a transient deterioration of renal function or exacerbate pre-existing renal failure. The preventive measures are as follows: Identify patients at risk, i.e. patients who are dehydarated or who have renal failure, diabetes, severe heart failure, monoclonal gammopathy (multiple myeloma, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia), a history of renal failure after administration of iodinated contrast agents, children under one year of age and elderly atheromatous subjects.
Hydrate the patient before and after the examination.
Avoid combinations with nephrotoxic medicines. If such a combination is necessary, laboratory monitoring of renal function must be intensified. The medicines concerned are in particular the aminoglycosides, organoplatinums, high doses of methotrexate, pentamidine, foscarnet and certain antiviral agents (aciclovir, ganciclovir, valaciclovir, adefovir, cidofovir, tenofovir), vancomycin, amphotericin B, immunosuppressors such as cyclosporine or tacrolimus, ifosfamide.
Allow at least 48 hours between radiological examinations or interventions with iodinated contrast agent injections, or delay further examinations or interventions until renal function returns to baseline.
Check for lactic acidosis in diabetics treated with metformin, by monitoring serum creatinine. Normal renal function: Discontinue metformin before and for at least 48 hours after contrast agent administration or until renal function returns to baseline. Abnormal renal function: Metformin is contraindicated. In emergencies, if the examination is required, precautions must be taken, i.e. discontinue metformin, hydrate the patient, monitor renal function and test for signs of lactic acidosis.
Cardiovascular and/or pulmonary co-morbidities should be assessed before initiation of a Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation procedure.
Other: Injection into certain fistulas requires the utmost caution to avoid any vascular penetration, taking into account the risk of fat embolisms.
Care should be taken not to inject the product into areas of bleeding or trauma.
Effects on Ability to Drive and Use Machines: No studies on the effects of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Pregnancy: LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE must not be used in pregnant women because of the transplacental transfer of iodine, over a long period of time, which interferes probably with the thyroid function of the foetus, with a potential risk of cerebral lesions and permanent hypothyroidism (e.g. congenital hypothyroidism).
Lactation: Pharmacokinetic studies have shown significant secretion of iodine in breast milk after intramuscular administration of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE. It has been demonstrated that the iodine enters the vascular system of the breastfed infant via the gastrointestinal tract and this could interfere with thyroid fuction. Consequently, breastfeeding should be discontinued if LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE must be used.
Adverse Reactions
Most of the adverse reactions are dose-related and consequently the dose should be as low as possible. Use of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE causes a foreign body reaction, with the formation of macrophages and foreign-body giant cells and the occurrence of sinus catarrh, plasmacytosis and subsequently changes in lymph node connective tissue. Healthy lymph nodes tolerate the resulting decrease in transport capacity. In patients with lymph node lesions or hypoplasia, these changes may exacerbate lymph stasis.
Hypersensitivity reactions are possible. These reactions may involve one or more effects, occurring concomitantly or successively, and usually including cutaneous, respiratory and/or cardiovascular manifestations, each of which can be a warning sign of incipent shock and, in very rare instances, can even prove fatal.
In diagnostic radiology: Lymphography: A large increase in temperature followed by a fever of 38 to 39°C may occur within 24 hours following the examination.
Fat micro-embolisms may occur, with or without symptoms. In very cases, they may resemble embolisms originating in the body, in terms of their appearance and size. They usually appear as punctiform opacities on radiographic images of the lungs. Transient increases in temperature are possible. Fat micro-embolisms usually occur following an overdose of contrast agent or excessively rapid infusion. Anatomic anomalies such as lymphovenous fistulas or a decrease in the capacity of lymph nodes to retain the contrast agent (in elderly patients or after radiotherapy or cystostatic therapy) favour their occurrence. Patients with a right-to-left cardiac shunt and those with a massive pulmonary embolism are particularly at risk for fat micro-embolisms in the brain.
In interventional radiology: In Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation: Most of the adverse reactions are not caused by LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE itself but are due to anticancer drugs or the embolisation itself.
The most frequent adverse reactions of the TACE treatment are post embolisation syndrome (fever, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting) and transitory changes in liver function tests.
Adverse Reactions are given in the following table according to system organ class and frequency, using the following classification: Very common (≥1/10), common (≥1/100 to <1/10), uncommon (≥1/1000 to <1/100), rare (≥1/10 000 to <1/1000), very rare <1/10 000), undetermined frequency (cannot be estimated on the basis of available data). (See Table.)

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Adverse reactions in children: The types of adverse reactions to LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE are the same as those reported in adults. Their frequency cannot be estimated on the basis of available data.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions: Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the national declaration system.
Drug Interactions
Interactions with other medicines: Metformin: In diabetic patients, intra-arterial administration LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE may cause lacitc acidosis induced by diminished renal function. In patients undergoing embolization or a Trans-Arterial Chemo-Embolisation, metformin must be discontinued 48 hours before the procedure and resumed no earlier than two days after the procedure.
Combination requiring caution: Beta-blockers, vasoactive substances, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin receptor antagonists: These medicinal products reduce the efficacy of cardiovascular compensation mechanisms for blood pressure disorders. The physician must be aware of this before administering LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE and emergency measures must be available.
Diuretics: As diuretics may cause dehydration, the risk of acute renal failure is increased, particularly when high doses of contrast agents are administered.
Precautions for use: Rehydration before intra-arterial administration of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE for embolisation.
Interleukin 2: Reactions to contrast agents may be increased if the patients has recently been treated with interleukin 2 (i.v.), i.e. skin eruptions or more rarely hypotension, oliguria, or renal failure.
Interference with laboratory results: As LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE remain in the body for several months, thyroid laboratory tests may be falsified for as long as two years after lymphography.
Caution For Usage
Special Preacutions for Disposal and Other Handling: Any unused product or waste material should be discarded in accordance with current regulations of contrast agents disposal.
Incompatibilities: Plastic is not suitable for the storage of LIPIODOL ULTRA-FLUIDE. In the absence of any specific compatibility studies, plastic containers and syringes should not be used.
Store at a temperature below 30°C.
Store protected from light.
Shelf-Life: 3 years.
ATC Classification
V08AD01 - ethyl esters of iodised fatty acids ; Belongs to the class of non-watersoluble preparations used as X-ray contrast media.
Inj (amp) 480 mgI/mL (clear, pale yellow to amber coloured solution) x 10 mL.
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