Barium

Pediatric 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 the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If your child has a hole in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.

Rectal:

  • If your child has an enlarged colon or has just had a bowel procedure.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of his/her drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
  • Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic reactions have rarely happened. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • This drug stops many drugs from getting into the body. If your child takes other drugs, check with the doctor to see if you need to give them at some other time than this drug.
  • To prevent hard stools (constipation) or bowel block from this drug, the doctor may have you give your child a laxative like milk of magnesia or lactulose after using this drug. Follow what the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.
  • Have your child drink lots of noncaffeine liquids after the test is over unless told to drink less liquid by the doctor.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

Capsule:

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

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s 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 child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has 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 child’s doctor or get medical help if your child has any side effects that bother your child 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 child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

All products:

  • Follow what the doctor has told you to do.

Tablets and capsules:

  • Have your child swallow whole. Do not let your child chew, break, or crush.

Liquid (suspension):

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

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Call your child’s 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 out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child 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 child’s 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.

Last Reviewed Date

2015-06-19

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