Perflutren is an ultrasound contrast agent that is used to improve the quality of an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). Perflutren works by changing the way ultrasound waves travel within your heart. This helps the ultrasound portray a sharper image of your heart.

Perflutren is used to allow certain segments of the heart to be seen more clearly on an echocardiogram.

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  • Definity, Optison
  • Rare
    Black, tarry stools
    blurred vision
    chest pain
    chills
    difficulty with breathing
    dizziness, severe or continuing
    fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    hives
    itching
    lightheadedness when getting up from a lying or sitting position
    shortness of breath
    skin rash
    slow or irregular heartbeat
    swollen glands
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    Incidence not known
    Cough
    difficulty swallowing
    dizziness
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    tightness in the chest
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    wheezing
    Some perflutren side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

    Less common
    Back pain
    feeling of warmth on the skin
    headache
    nausea
    redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
    Rare
    Acid or sour stomach
    bruising
    diarrhea
    difficulty with moving
    dizziness
    dryness of the mouth
    feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
    fever
    heartburn
    indigestion
    leg cramps
    muscle stiffness or tension
    pain at the injection site
    pain or swelling in the joints
    prickly or tingling sensation
    sneezing or runny nose
    stomach upset or pain
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