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Barosperse Liquid Dosage

Generic name: BARIUM SULFATE 600mg in 1mL
Dosage form: oral and rectal suspension
Drug class: Non-iodinated contrast media

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 20, 2021.

Patient Preparation

Successful examination of the upper gastrointestinal tract requires that the stomach be empty and essentially free of fluid. This can usually be accomplished by instructing the patient to abstain from eating or drinking anything after the evening meal before the examination. The preparation for small bowel examinations, done separately or combined with an upper gastrointestinal series, is the same.

For examinations of the colon, the patients should be given a low solid diet for a minimum of 24 hours before the examination. Laxatives should also be used to clean the colon. In order to obtain thorough cleansing of the colon, a 2 liter water enema one hour before the examination may be necessary.


Individual technique will determine the suspension quantity and barium sulfate content to be used. The following dilutions are suggested for Liquid Barosperse.

Filled Stomach Use undiluted or 60%
3 parts Liquid Barosperse to 1 part water 45%
Esophageal Swallow Use undiluted 60%
Enteroclysis 3 Parts Liquid Barosperse to 1 part water 45%
Routine Filled Colon 1 part Liquid Barosperse to 2 parts water 20%

Shake well before using.

It is recommended that Liquid Barosperse be served chilled for upper gastrointestinal studies. This will give a more rapid transit of Liquid Barosperse from the stomach into the small bowel. For lower gastrointestinal studies, Liquid Barosperse should be administered at room temperature to body temperature.

Pediatric Use

The quantity of suspension used and the barium sulfate concentration will depend upon patient size, technique used and clinical need.

For single patient use only. Properly discard unused portion.

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