Barium Suspension

Name: Barium Suspension

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Barium Suspension?

  • If you have an allergy to barium or any other part of barium suspension.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have had any of these health problems: Blockage, hole, bleeding, injury, burn, or blood flow problems in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract; slow-moving GI (gastrointestinal) tract; or a problem called toxic megacolon.
  • If you have had a recent hole in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, GI surgery, or radiation to the pelvic area.
  • If you have trouble swallowing or have inhaled food, liquids, saliva, or vomit into your lungs.
  • If you are not able to break down fructose.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take barium suspension with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

How is this medicine (Barium Suspension) best taken?

Use barium suspension as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Follow what your doctor has told you to do.
  • Shake well before use.
  • Most of the time, this medicine is taken by mouth. Take as you have been told by your doctor.
  • Some brands of barium suspension are to be taken with food. Some brands may be taken with or without food. Ask your pharmacist if you need to take your brand with food.
  • Some products may be used as an enema. If you are using this medicine as an enema, it will be given rectally by your doctor.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very hard stools (constipation).
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Flushing.
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • Feeling agitated.
  • Feeling confused.
  • Blue or gray skin color.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Pale skin.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Sweating a lot.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Coughing up blood.
  • Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
  • Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.

How do I store and/or throw out Barium Suspension?

  • Most of the time, barium suspension will be given in a hospital or doctor's office. If stored at home, follow how to store as you were told by the doctor.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
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