Barium Sulfate

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Barium sulfate is used to help doctors examine the esophagus (tube that connects the mouth and stomach), stomach, and intestine using x-rays or computed tomography (CAT scan, CT scan; a type of body scan that uses a computer to put together x-ray images to create cross-sectional or three dimensional pictures of the inside of the body).

Barium sulfate is to be used only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor. The dose of barium sulfate will be different for different patients and depends on the type of test. The strength of the suspension and tablet is determined by how much barium they contain. Barium sulfate is taken by mouth or given rectally by enema. ...

Side Effect:

Inform your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:stomach cramp, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation, weakness, pale skin, sweating, ringing in the ears. Barium sulfate may cause other side effects.

Other side effects may include:bloating, constipation, cramping. nausea or vomiting, stomach or lower abdominal pain, tightness in chest or troubled breathing, wheezing.

Seek immediate medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction:hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. ...


Prior to using this medication tell your doctor if you have any type of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Tell your doctor if you have recently had a rectal biopsy and if you have any blockage, sores, or holes in the esophagus, stomach, or intestine; or swelling or cancer of the rectum.

Make sure to drink plenty of liquids after the test. Otherwise, barium sulfate may cause severe constipation. This contrast agent has been used in older people and has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems in them than it does in younger adults.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding is not recommended to use this medicine without your doctor's advice. ...