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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: DigibarT 190;E-Z Cat® Dry;E-Z-Cat®;E-Z-DiskT;E-Z-DoseT with Liquid Polibar Plus®;E-Z-HDT;E-Z-Paque®;E-Z-Paste®;Entero VuT;Entero VUT 24%;Entero-HT;Esopho-Cat®;Liquid Entero VuT;Liquid Polibar Plus®;Liquid Polibar®;MaxibarT;Polibar® ACB;Readi-Cat®;Readi-Cat® 2;SensatrastT;TagitolT V;Ultra-R®;Varibar® Honey;Varibar® Nectar;Varibar® Pudding;Varibar® Thin Honey;Varibar® Thin Liquid;VoLumen®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Radiopaque Agents

    Uses
    • It is used before an x-ray or an alike test.
    • Barium helps parts of the body to be seen more clearly.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Follow what your doctor has told you to do.
    • It may be given by mouth or rectally.

    Storage

    • This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to barium or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: A swallowing tube (esophagus) and windpipe (trachea) that are not normal, hole in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, bowel block, or thinning of the stomach.

    Precautions

    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Change in color of stool to white.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very hard stools (constipation).
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Read the package insert for more details.

    Author information
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