Bar-Test [DSC]; 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 Plus; Liquid Polibar [DSC]; Maxibar; Polibar ACB [DSC]; Readi-Cat; Readi-Cat 2; Tagitol V; Varibar Honey; Varibar Nectar; Varibar Pudding; Varibar Thin Honey; Varibar Thin Liquid; VoLumen
- It is used before an x-ray or an alike test.
- 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 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 recent GI (gastrointestinal) surgery or radiation to the rectum or prostate.
All oral products:
- If you have trouble swallowing or have inhaled food, liquids, saliva, or vomit into your lungs.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic reactions have rarely happened. Talk with your doctor.
- This drug prevents many other drugs taken by mouth from getting into the body. If you take other drugs by mouth, take them at least 3 hours before or after this drug. If you are not able to do this, talk with your doctor.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
All oral products:
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Stomach cramps.
- Follow what your doctor has told you to do.
Tablets and capsules:
- Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
- 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.
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
Tablets, cream, and paste:
- If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
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.
- 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.
- 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, nurse, 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.