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Varibar Thin Liquid Dosage

Generic name: Barium Sulfate .81g in 1g
Dosage form: powder, for oral suspension
Drug class: Non-iodinated contrast media

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 20, 2023.

Recommended Dosing and Administration Instructions

  • The recommended dose of reconstituted VARIBAR THIN LIQUID administered orally by infant bottle, syringe, spoon, or cup is:
    • Adults: 5 mL
    • Pediatric patients 6 months and older: 1 mL to 3 mL
    • Pediatric patients younger than 6 months of age: 0.5 mL to 1 mL
  • During a single modified barium swallow examination, multiple doses of VARIBAR THIN LIQUID may be administered, to assess the patient during multiple swallows and different radiographic views.
  • The maximum cumulative dose is 80 mL.
  • For oral use only
  • Advise patients to hydrate following the barium sulfate procedure.

Instructions for Reconstitution

The VARIBAR THIN LIQUID powder must be reconstituted prior to administration by a healthcare provider according to the following instructions:

  • Add water to the fill line on the bottle label
  • Replace the lid securely
  • Invert the bottle and tap with fingers to mix the powder into the water
  • Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Let stand for 5 minutes
  • Refill with water to the fill line on the bottle label and reshake thoroughly.
  • Once reconstituted, write the discard after date on the immediate container label. After reconstitution, store in refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (36ºF to 46ºF) for up to 72 hours.
  • Reconstitution yields approximately 300 mL of VARIBAR THIN LIQUID oral suspension containing 0.4 grams of barium sulfate per mL (40% w/v) and should be homogeneous and white to lightly colored.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.