Adult Medication

Brand Names: US

Bar-Test; Digibar 190; E-Z-Cat Dry; E-Z-Disk; E-Z-Dose; E-Z-HD; E-Z-Paque; E-Z-Paste; Entero VU; Esopho-Cat; Liquid E-Z-Paque; Liquid Polibar; Liquid Polibar Plus; Maxibar; Polibar ACB; Readi-Cat; Readi-Cat 2; Tagitol V; Varibar Honey; Varibar Nectar; Varibar Pudding; Varibar Thin Honey; Varibar Thin Liquid; VoLumen

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used before an x-ray or an alike test.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

All products:

  • If you have an allergy to barium or any other part of this drug.
  • 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 a hole in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.


  • If you have an enlarged colon or you have just had a bowel procedure.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
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 this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic reactions have rarely happened. Talk with your doctor.
  • This drug prevents many other drugs from getting into the body. If you take other drugs, check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you need to take them at some other time than this drug.
  • To prevent hard stools (constipation) or bowel block from this drug, your doctor may have you use a laxative like milk of magnesia or lactulose after using this drug. Follow what your doctor has told you. Talk with your doctor.
  • Drink lots of noncaffeine liquids after using this drug unless told to drink less liquid by your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.


  • You may need to avoid using laxatives, enemas, or suppositories for some time before using this drug. Follow what your doctor has told you.

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.
  • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
  • Blue or gray skin color.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Pale skin.
  • Ringing in ears.
  • Sweating a lot.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

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

All products:

  • Follow what your doctor has told you to do.

Tablets and capsules:

  • Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

Liquid (suspension):

  • Shake well before use.
  • Most of the time, this drug is taken by mouth. Take as you have been told by your doctor.
  • Some products may be used as an enema. If you are using this drug as an enema, it will be given rectally by your doctor.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call the doctor to find out what to do.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

Tablets, cream, and paste:

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

All other products:

  • Most of the time, this drug 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.

All products:

  • 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.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s 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 prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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