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In deciding to use a diagnostic test, any risks of the test must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. Also, other things may affect test results. For this test, the following should be considered:

 

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

 

Pediatric

Entero VU24% oral suspension is not indicated for use in children.

 

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of E-Z-HD oral suspension in children 12 years of age and older. However, safety and efficacy of this medicine have not been established in children younger than 12 years of age.

 

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of Varibar® Pudding oral paste in children 6 months of age and older. However, safety and efficacy of this medicine have not been established in children younger than 6 months of age.

 

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of barium sulfate oral suspension or paste in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have kidney, liver, or heart problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving this medicine.

 

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

 

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

 

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this diagnostic test. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

 

Allergy to other contrast agents, recent or

Asthma, hay fever, or other allergies, history ofMay increase risk for allergic reaction to occur again.

Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix) or

Cancer or

Inflammatory bowel disease or

Stomach or bowel problems (eg, diverticulitis, fistula, stenosis, ulcer)May cause barium to leak in the stomach in patients with these conditions.

Cystic fibrosis or

Dehydration or

Electrolyte imbalance or

Stomach or bowel problems (eg, Hirschsprung disease, severe stenosis)May increase risk for more serious side effects.

Fructose intolerance (genetic disease), history ofThe oral suspension contains sorbitol, which can make this condition worse.

Radiation treatment on the pelvis (hip area), recent or

Stomach or bowel blockage, known or suspected or

Stomach or bowel perforation, known or suspected or

Stomach or bowel problems (eg, bleeding, injury, ischemia, severe ileus, toxic megacolon) or

Stomach or bowel surgery or

Trouble swallowingShould not be used in patients with these conditions.

Proper Use

A doctor or other trained health professional will give you or your child this medicine in a hospital. This medicine is given by mouth. You will swallow the barium liquid or paste just before a CT scan or x-ray.

 

Your doctor may tell you not to eat or drink anything the night before your test. Barium will work better if your stomach and bowels are empty.

 

It is important to drink plenty of liquids during and after the test. Barium sulfate may cause severe constipation.

 

Barium Sulphate is also available as an enema and given through the rectum.

 

Precautions

Your doctor will check your or your child's progress closely while you are receiving this medicine. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you or your child should continue to receive it.

 

Serious allergic reactions may occur while you are receiving this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, noisy breathing, trouble breathing, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting after receiving this medicine.

 

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

 

Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

 

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

 

Rare

Bloating

constipation (severe, continuing)

cramping (severe)

nausea or vomiting

stomach pain

tightness in the chest

trouble breathing

Incidence not known

Anxiety

blood in the urine or stools

blurred vision

bruising

chest pain

confusion

cough

coughing or vomiting blood

dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position

fainting

fast or slow heartbeat

hives or welts, itching, or skin rash

noisy breathing

persistent bleeding or oozing from puncture sites, mouth, or nose

redness of the skin

sweating

unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

 

More common

Constipation or diarrhea

cramping

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

 

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

 

Portions of this document last updated: Feb. 01, 2022

 

Original article: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/barium-sulfate-oral-route/side-effects/drg-20062255

 

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