Barium sulfate Oral, Rectal
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What is barium sulfate?
Barium sulfate is a contrast agent. Barium sulfate works by coating the inside of your esophagus, stomach, or intestines which allows them to be seen more clearly on a CT scan or other radiologic (x-ray) examination.
Barium sulfate is used to help diagnose certain disorders of the esophagus, stomach, or intestines.
Barium sulfate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before your medical test, tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a contrast agent, or if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to barium sulfate or another contrast agent.
You may not be able to use barium sulfate if:
you recently had surgery, an injury, or a biopsy involving your stomach, esophagus, or intestines;
you recently had radiation treatment of your pelvic area;
you recently had a perforation (a hole or tear) in your esophagus, stomach, or intestines;
you have a bowel obstruction, severe constipation, ileum, or toxic megacolon;
you have stomach bleeding; or
you have poor blood flow to your intestines (ischemia).
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
asthma, eczema, or allergies;
slow digestion, a blockage in your stomach or intestines;
heart disease or high blood pressure;
Hirschsprung's disease (a disorder of the intestines);
a condition called pseudotumor cerebri (high pressure inside the skull that may cause headaches, vision loss, or other symptoms);
a fistula (abnormal connection) between your esophagus and your trachea (windpipe);
trouble swallowing, or if you have ever choked on food by accidentally inhaling it into your lungs;
a rectal biopsy;
an allergy to simethicone (Gas-X, Phazyme, and others); or
a latex allergy.
The radiation used in x-rays and CT scans may be harmful to an unborn baby. Before your medical test, tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
Before your medical test, tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is barium sulfate given?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Barium sulfate comes in tablets, paste, cream, or liquid forms. In some cases, barium sulfate is taken by mouth. The liquid form may also be used as a rectal enema.
If you receive barium sulfate as a rectal enema, a healthcare professional will give you the medicine at the clinic or hospital where your testing will take place.
You may need to begin taking oral barium sulfate at home, a day before your medical test. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Swallow the tablet whole and do not crush, chew, or break it.
Dissolve the powder in a small amount of water. Stir and drink this mixture right away. Add a little more water to the glass, swirl gently and drink right away.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid to take by mouth) before you measure a dose. Use the dosing syringe provided, or use a medicine dose-measuring device (not a kitchen spoon).
Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about what to eat or drink within the 24-hour period before your test. Drink plenty of liquids to prevent constipation.
Store barium sulfate at room temperature away from heat and moisture. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
What should I avoid after using barium sulfate?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
What other drugs will affect barium sulfate?
Other drugs may affect barium sulfate, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.