Liquid Polibar Side Effects
Generic Name: barium sulfate
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of barium sulfate. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Liquid Polibar.
For the Consumer
Applies to barium sulfate: cream, enema, kit, liquid, paste, powder for suspension, suspension, tablet
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by barium sulfate (the active ingredient contained in Liquid Polibar). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking barium sulfate, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:Rare
- constipation (severe, continuing)
- cramping (severe)
- nausea or vomiting
- stomach pain
- tightness in the chest
- troubled breathing
- blood in the stools
- blood in the urine
- blurred vision
- chest pain
- coughing or vomiting blood
- dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
- fast heartbeat
- hives or welts, itching, or skin rash
- noisy breathing
- persistent bleeding or oozing from puncture sites, mouth, or nose
- redness of the skin
- sudden shortness of breath or troubled breathing
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Minor Side Effects
Some of the side effects that can occur with barium sulfate may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:More common:
- Constipation or diarrhea
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 side effects including severe reactions (approximately 1 in 1,000,000) and fatalities (approximately 1 in 10,000,000) have been reported.[Ref]
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]
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 side effects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping accompanying the use of barium sulfate (the active ingredient contained in Liquid Polibar) formulations have been infrequent and usually mild.[Ref]
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.
Not all side effects for Liquid Polibar may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
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