Varibar Thin Side Effects

Generic Name: barium sulfate

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug barium sulfate. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Varibar Thin.

It is possible that some side effects of Varibar Thin may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to barium sulfate: cream, enema, kit, liquid, paste, powder for suspension, suspension, tablet

As well as its needed effects, barium sulfate (the active ingredient contained in Varibar Thin) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking barium sulfate, check with your doctor immediately:

Rare
  • Bloating
  • constipation (severe, continuing)
  • cramping (severe)
  • nausea or vomiting
  • stomach or lower abdominal pain
  • tightness in chest or troubled breathing
  • wheezing

Some barium sulfate side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • cramping

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to barium sulfate: compounding powder, oral capsule, oral cream, oral paste, oral powder for reconstitution, oral suspension, oral tablet, oral and rectal powder for reconstitution, oral and rectal suspension, rectal powder for reconstitution, rectal suspension

General

General side effects including severe reactions (approximately 1 in 1,000,000) and fatalities (approximately 1 in 10,000,000) have been reported.[Ref]

Other

Other side effects caused by procedural complications have been rare. Procedural complications have included aspiration pneumonitis, barium impaction, granuloma formation, intravasation, embolization and peritonitis following intestinal perforation, vasovagal and syncopal episodes, and fatalities.[Ref]

Cardiovascular

It is of the utmost importance to be completely prepared to treat any EKG changes.[Ref]

Cardiovascular side effects including EKG changes have been reported following or during barium enema procedures.[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping accompanying the use of barium sulfate (the active ingredient contained in Varibar Thin) formulations have been infrequent and usually mild.[Ref]

References

1. "Product Information. Readi-Cat 2 (barium sulfate)." E-Z-EM Inc, Lake Success, NY.

2. "Product Information. E-Z-Cat (barium sulfate)." E-Z-EM Inc, Lake Success, NY.

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