Before Using

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

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

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of barium sulfate 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.

Geriatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of barium sulfate oral suspension 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 of—May 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, severe stenosis)—May increase risk for more serious side effects.
  • Radiation treatment to the rectum or prostate, 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 swallowing—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.