HEXIOL Injection

Iodine 350 mg / ml



Hexiol® Injection 350 mg I/ml, each ml contains : Iohexol 755 mg equivalent to Organic Iodine 350 mg.



Hexiol® contains Iohexol (equivalent to Organic Iodine) as active ingredient is available in 350 mg I/ml.



X-ray contrast medium for use in adults and children for cardioangiography, arteriography, urography, phlebography and CT-enhancement. Lumbar, thoracic, cervical myelography and computed tomography of the basal cisterns, following subarachnoid injection. Arthrography, endoscopic retrograde pancreatography (ERP), endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), herniography, hysterosalpingography, sialography and studies of the gastrointestinal tract.



The dosage vary depending on the type of examination, age, weight, cardiac output and general condition of the patient and the technique used. Usually the same Iodine concentration and volume is used as with other Iodinated X-ray contrast media in current use.

Adequate hydration should be assured before and after administration as for other contrast media. 

The following dosages may serve as a guide.

Guidelines for Intravenous use  

Indication Concentration Volume Comments


Children < 7 kg

Children > 7 kg

300 mg I/ml or 350 mg I/ml300 mg I/ml

300 mg I/ml

40 – 80 ml 

3 ml/kg

2 ml/kg (max 40 ml)

80 ml may be exceeded in selected cases

Phlebography (leg) 300 mg I/ml 20 – 100 ml/leg
Digital substraction angiography 300 mg I/ml or 350 mg I/ml 20 – 60 ml/injection



300 mg I/ml 350 mg I/ml

300 mg I/ml

100 – 200 ml100 – 150 ml

1 – 3 ml/kgBW up to 40 ml

Total amount of Iodine usually 30 – 60 g In a few cases up to 100 ml may be given

Guidelines for Intra-arterial use

Indication Concentration Volume Comments

Arch aortagraphy

Selective cerebral




300 mg I/ml300 mg I/ml

350 mg I/ml

300 mg I/ml or 350 mg I/ml

300 mg I/ml

30 – 40 ml/injection5 – 10 ml/injection

40 – 60 ml/injection

30 – 50 ml/injection

Depending on type of examination

Volume per injection depends on the site of injection

Adults :

Left ventricle and aortic root injection

Selective coronary arteriography


350 mg I/ml

350 mg I/ml

300 mg I/ml or 350 mg I/ml

30 – 60 ml/injection

4 – 8 ml/injection

Depending on age, weight and pathology (max 8 ml/kg)

Digital substraction


300 mg I/ml 1 – 15 ml/injection Depending on site of injection occasionally large volume up to 30 ml may be used 

Guidelines for Intrathecal use

Indication Concentration Volume Comments
Cervical myelography (lumbar injection) 300 mg I/ml 7 – 10 ml
Cervical myelography (lateral cervical  injection) 300 mg I/ml 6 – 8 ml

To minimize possible adverse reactions a total dose of 3 g Iodine should not be exceeded.

Guidelines for Body cavities

Indication Concentration Volume Comments
Arthrography 300 mg I/ml

350 mg I/ml

5 – 15 ml

5 – 10 ml

Hysterosal-pingography 300 mg I/ml 15 – 25 ml
Sialography 300 mg I/ml 0.5 – 2 ml

Instructions for use :

Like all parenteral products, Iohexol should be inspected visually for particulate contamination, discolouration and the integrity of the container prior to use.

The product should be drawn into the syringe immediately before use. Any unused solution must be discarded. Use of Iohexol may be warmed to body temperature (37°C) before administration.



A high safety margin for Iohexol and no fixed upper dose level has been established for routine intravascular use. Symptomatic overdosing is unlikely in patients with normal renal function unless the patient has received an excess of 2000 mg l/kgBW over a limited period of time. The duration of procedure is important for the renal tolerability of high doses of contrast media (t1/2  ~ 2 hours). Accidental overdosing is most likely following complex angiographic procedures in children, particularly when multiple injections of contrast medium with high-concentration are given. In cases of overdose, any resulting water- or electrolyte imbalance must be corrected. Renal function should be monitored for the next 3 days. If needed, haemodialysis may be used for clearance of excessive contrast medium. There is no specific antidote.



Manifest thyrotoxicosis. History of serious reaction to Iohexol.

Myelography should not be performed in the presence of significant local or systemic infection where bacteremia is likely.

Intrathecal administration of corticosteroid with Iohexol is contra-indicated. Because of the possibility of overdosage, immediate repeat myelography in the event of technical failure is contra-indicated.



  • Special precautions for use of non-ionic monomeric contrast media in general :
  1. A positive history of allergy, asthma or untoward reactions to Iodinated contrast media indicates a need for special caution. Premedication with corticosteroid or histamine H1 and H2 antagonists might be considered in these cases.
  2. Iodinated contrast media may provoke anaphylactoid reactions or other manifestations of hypersensitivity. A course of action should therefore be planned in advance, with necessary drugs and equipment available for immediate treatment, should a serious reaction occur. It is advisable always to use an indwelling cannula or catheter for quick intravenous access throughout the entire X-ray procedure.
  3. Non-ionic contrast media have less effect on the coagulation system in vitro, compared to ionic contrast media. When performing vascular catheterization procedures one should pay meticulous attention to the angiographic technique and flush the catheter frequently (e.g. with heparinized saline) so as to minimize the risk of procedure-related thrombosis and embolism.
  4. Adequate hydration should be assured before and after contrast media administration. This applies especially to patients with multiple myeloma, diabetes mellitus, renal dysfunction, as well as to infants, small children and elderly patients. Young infants (age < 1 year) and especially neonates are susceptible to electrolyte disturbance and haemodynamic alterations.
  5. Care should also be taken in patients with serious cardiac disease and pulmonary hypertension as they may develop haemodynamic changes or arrhythmias. Patients with acute cerebral pathology, tumours or a history of epilepsy are predisposed for seizures and merit particular care. Also alcoholics and drug addicts have an increased risk for seizures and neurological reactions. A few patients have experienced a temporary hearing loss or even deafness after myelography, which is believed to be due to a drop in spinal fluid pressure by the lumbar puncture per se.
  6. To prevent acute renal failure following contrast media administration, special care should be exercised in patients with preexisting renal impairment and diabetes mellitus as they are at risk. Patients with paraproteinemias (myelomatosis and Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia) are also at risk.
  7. Angiography should be avoided whenever possible in patients with homocystinuria, because of the risk of inducing thrombosis and embolism.
  8. Selective coronary arteriography should be performed only in those patients in whom the expected benefits outweigh the potential risk. The inherent risk of angiography in patients with chronic pulmonary emphysema must be weighed against the necessity for performing this procedure.
  • Preventive measures include :
  1. Identification of high risk patients.
  2. Ensuring adequate hydration. If necessary by maintaining an IV infusion from before the procedure until the contrast medium has been cleared by the kidneys.
  3. Avoiding additional strain on the kidneys in the form of nephrotoxic drugs, oral cholecystographic agents, arterial clamping, renal arterial angioplasty or major surgery, until the contrast medium has been cleared.
  4. Postponing a repeat contrast medium examination until renal function returns to pre-examination levels.
  • To prevent lactic acidosis, serum creatinine level should be measured in diabetic patients treated with Metformin prior to intravascular administration of Iodinated contrast medium.
  1. Normal serum creatinine/renal function : Administration of Metformin should be stopped at the time of administration of contrast medium and not resumed for 48 hours or until renal function/serum creatinine is normal.
  2. Abnormal serum creatinine/renal function : Metformin should be stopped and the contrast medium examination delayed for 48 hours. Metformin should only be restarted if renal function/serum creatinine is unchanged. 
  3. In emergency cases where renal function is abnormal or unknown, the physician should evaluate the risk/benefit of the contrast medium examination and precautions should be implemented : Metformin should be stopped, patient hydrated, renal function monitored and patient observed for symptoms of lactic acidosis.
  4. A potential risk of transient hepatic dysfunction exists. Particular care is required  in patients with severe disturbance of both renal and hepatic function as they may have significantly delayed contrast medium clearance. Patients on haemodialysis may receive contrast media for radiological procedures provided dialysis is performed immediately afterwards.
  • Correlation of the time of contrast media injection with the haemodialysis session is unnecessary because there is no evidence that haemodialysis protects patients with impaired renal function from contrast medium induced nephropathy. The patient should not be re-exposed to contrast media before the kidney function has returned to its previous function. If contrast medium is to be given again, the patient must be adequately hydrated.
  • The administration of Iodinated contrast media may aggravate the symptoms of myasthenia gravis. In patients with phaeochromocytoma undergoing interventional procedures, alpha blockers should be given as prophylaxis to avoid a hypertensive crisis.
  • Special care should be exercise in patients with hyperthyroidism. Patients with multinodular goiter may be at risk of developing hyperthyroidism following injection of Iodinated contrast media. One should also be aware of the possibility of inducing transient hypothyroidism in premature infants receiving contrast media.
  • Extravasation of contrast media may on rare occasions give rise to local pain and oedema, which usually recedes without sequela. However, inflammation and even tissue necrosis have been seen. Elevating and cooling the affected site is recommended as routine measures. Surgical decompression may be necessary in cases of compartment syndrome.
  • Observation time : After contrast medium administration the patient should be observed for at least 30 minutes, since the majority of serious side effects occurs within this time. However, delayed reactions may occur.
  • Intrathecal use : Following myelography the patients should rest with the head and thorax elevated by 20o for one hour. Thereafter he/she may ambulate carefully but bending down must be avoided. The head and thorax should be kept elevated for the first 6 hours if remaining in bed. Patients suspected of having a low seizure threshold should be observed during this period. Outpatients should not be completely alone for the first 24 hours.
  • Pregnancy and lactation : The safety of Iohexol for use in human pregnancy has not been established. An evaluation of experimental animal studies does not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects with respect to reproduction, development of the embryo or fetus, the course of gestation and peri- and postnatal development. Since whenever possible, radiation exposure should be avoided during pregnancy, the benefits of an X-ray examination, with or without contrast media, should be carefully weighed against the possible risk. Iohexol should not be used in pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs risk and it is considered essential by the physician. 

Contrast media are poorly excreted in human breast milk and minimal amounts are absorbed by the intestine. Harm to the nursing infant is therefore unlikely.

  • Effects on ability to drive and use machines : It is not advisable to drive a car or use machines during the first 24 hours following intrathecal examination. 



Interactions with other medicaments and other forms of interaction : 

  • Use of Iodinated contrast media may result in a transient impairment of renal function and this may precipitate lactic acidosis in diabetics who are taking Metformin (see special warnings and special precautions for use).                  
  • Patients treated with Interleukin-2 less than two weeks previously have been associated with an increased risk for delayed reactions (flu-like symptoms or skin reactions).
  • All Iodinated contrast media may interfere with tests on thyroid function, thus the Iodine binding capacity of the thyroid may be reduced for up to several weeks.
  • High concentrations of contrast media in serum and urine can interfere with laboratory tests for bilirubin, proteins or inorganic substances (e.g. iron, copper, calcium and phosphate). These substances should therefore not be assayed on the day of examination. 



General (applies to all uses of Iodinated contrast media) :

Below are listed possible general side effects in relation with radiographic procedures which include the use of non-ionic monomeric contrast media. For side effects specific to mode of administration, please refer to these specific sections.

  • Undesirable effects associated with the use of Iodinated contrast media are usually mild to moderate and transient in nature and less frequent with non-ionic than with ionic contrast media. Serious reactions as well as fatalities are only seen on very rare occasions. The most frequent adverse event is a mild, general sensation such as feeling of warmth or a transient metallic taste.
  • Abdominal discomfort/pain is very rare (incidence < 1:1000) and gastrointestinal reactions like nausea or vomiting are rare (incidence < 1:100, but > 1:1000) and gastrointestinal reactions like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may occur.
  • Hypersensitivity reactions are rare and usually present as mild respiratory or cutaneous symptoms like dyspnoe, rash, erythema, urticaria, pruritus and angioedema. They may appear either immediately after the injection or up to a few days later. Severe manifestations such as laryngeal oedema, bronchospasm or pulmonary oedema are very rare.
  • Anaphylactoid reactions may occur irrespectively of the dose and mode of administration and mild symptoms of hypersensitivity may represent the first signs of a serious reaction. Administration of the contrast medium must be discontinued immediately and if necessary, specific therapy instituted via the vascular access.
  • Patients using beta blockers may present with atypical symptoms of anaphylaxis which may be misinterpreted as a vagal reaction. Vagal reactions giving hypotension and bradycardia are seen in very rare occasions.
  • Severe skin reactions such as Steven-Johnsons or toxic epidermal necrolysis are seen very rarely.
  • Pyrexia with rigors are seen on rare occasions.
  • Iodism or “Iodide mumps” is a very rare complication of Iodinated contrast media resulting in swelling and tenderness of the salivary glands for up to approximately 10 days after the examination.

Intravascular use (intraarterial and intravenous use) : Please first read the section labeled “general”. Below, only undesirable events with frequency during intravascular use of non-ionic monomeric contrast media are described.

  • The nature of the undesirable effects specifically seen during intraarterial use depend on the site of injection and dose given. Selective arteriographies and other procedures in which the contrast medium reaches a particular organ in high concentrations may be accompanied by complications in that particular organ.
  • Distal pain or heat sensation in peripheral angiography is common (incidence > 1:10).
  • A transient increase in S-creatinine is common after Iodinated contrast media, but usually of no clinical relevance. Renal failure is very rare. However, renal failure may occur in high risk patients and among such patients fatalities have been reported.
  • Arterial spasm may follow injection into coronary, cerebral or renal arteries and result in transient ischaemia.
  • Neurological reactions are very rare. They may include seizures or transient motor or sensory disturbances. On very rare occasions the contrast medium may cross the blood-brain barrier resulting in uptake of contrast medium in the cerebral cortex being visible on CT-scanning until the day following examination, sometimes associated with transient confusion or cortical blindness.
  • Cardiac complications, including cardiac arrest, arrhythmias, depression or signs of ischaemia are very rare.
  • Post phlebographic thrombophlebitis or thrombosis is very rare. A very few cases of Arthralgia has been reported.
  • Severe respiratory symptoms and signs (including dyspnoea, bronchospasm, laryngospasm, non-cardiogenic pulmonary oedema) and cough may occur. Thyrotoxicosis may occur. Flushing may occur. Injection site reactions may occur.

Intrathecal use : Please first read the section labeled “general”. Below, only undesireable events with frequency during intrathecal use of non-ionic monomer contrast media are described. 

  • Undesirable effects following intrathecal use may be delayed and present some hours or even days after the procedure. The frequency is similar to lumbar puncture alone.
  • Headache, nausea, vomiting or dizziness are common and may largely be attributed to pressure loss in the subarachnoid space resulting from leakage at the puncture site. Some of these patients may experience a severe headache lasting for several days. Excessive removal of cerebrospinal fluid should be avoided in order to minimize pressure loss.
  • Mild local pain, paraesthesia and radicular pain occasionally (incidence < 1:10, but > 1:100) occur at the site of injection. Cramping and pain in the lower limbs are seen on very rare occasions.
  • Meningeal irritation giving photophobia and meningism happens occasionally. Frank chemical meningitis appear on very rare occasions. The possibility of an infective meningitis should also be considered.
  • On very rare occasions, manifestations of transient cerebral dysfunction are seen. These include seizures, transient confusion or transient motor or sensory dysfunction. Changes in the EEG may be noted in a few of these patients. Transient blindness may occur. Neck pain may occur. Injection site reaction may occur.

Use in body cavities : Please first read the section labeled “general”. Below, only undesireable events with frequency during use of non-ionic monomeric contrast media in body cavities are described.

  • Systemic hypersensitivity reactions are rare.
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Choleangio Pancreatography (ERCP) : Some elevation of amylase levels is common. Post ERCP renal opacification is seen on rare occasions and is associated with in increased risk of post ERCP pancreatitis. Rare cases of necrotizing pancreatitis have also been described.
  • Oral use : Gastrointestinal upset occasionally occur.
  • Hysterosalpingography (HSG) : Transient pain in the lower abdomen is common.
  • Arthrography : Post procedural pain is common. Frank arthritis is rare. The possibility an infective arthritis should be considered in such cases.
  • Herniography : Mild postprocedural pain is common.



Hexiol® Injection 350 mg I/ml        Box, 1 infusion bottle @ 50 ml     Reg. No. DKL1602352943A1







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