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E-Z-HD 98 % W/W POWDER FOR ORAL SUSPENSION

Active substance(s): BARIUM SULFATE

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E-Z-HD PIL (UK) (CIMBAR) TX1640-1 CL80301 02-16_Layout 2/10/16 3:26 PM Page 1

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

E-Z-HD

®

98 % w/w powder for
oral suspension
barium sulfate
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you have this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor,
radiographer or nurse helping you with your X-ray
examination.
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor,
radiographer or nurse helping you with your X-ray examination.

Talk to your doctor before you have E-Z-HD if you:
• or members of your family suffer from allergies, hay fever,
eczema or asthma
• are elderly
• are feeling weak (debilitated)
• are a baby or small child
• suffer from narrowing of the bowel or stomach (stenosis)
• suffer from a condition known as ‘gastrointestinal fistulae’
• suffer from cancer of any part of the bowel
• suffer from inflammatory intestinal disease
• suffer from a condition known as ‘diverticulitis’ or
‘diverticulosis’
• suffer from an infection known as ‘amoebiasis’
• suffer from a condition called Hirschsprung’s Disease
• have ever suffered from aspiration (where you might breathe
in food or liquid into your lungs)
• find swallowing difficult
• have ever suffered from a stroke
• have kidney problems
• suffer from constipation
• are dehydrated
• suffer from heart disease.
If any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor before you
have E-Z-HD.

In this leaflet:
1. What E-Z-HD is and what it is used for
2. Before you have E-Z-HD
3. How E-Z-HD will be given to you
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store E-Z-HD
6. Further information

Using other medicines
Please tell your doctor, radiographer or nurse helping you with
your X-ray examination if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a
prescription. 

1. What E-Z-HD is and what it is used for
E-Z-HD belongs to a group of medicines called ‘contrast media’.
It is used when you have an X-ray of your digestive system. It
contains a chemical that helps the X-ray show up. This gives a
clearer ‘picture’ of your digestive system on the X-ray.
E-Z-HD will be given to you as a drink.
This medicine is for diagnostic use only. It only helps to diagnose
a problem. It cannot be used to treat any diseases.

E-Z-HD may interfere with the action of other medicines taken at
the same time.  Your doctor may separate the administration of
barium sulfate from that of your other medicines or other
digestive tract examinations.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Tell the doctor or nurse if you know that you are pregnant or you
are trying to become pregnant. X-rays can harm unborn babies so
you will only be given an X-ray if it is essential for you.
You can continue to breast feed if you take E-Z-HD.
Driving and using machines
E-Z-HD may cause you to feel dizzy. If this happens to you, do
not drive or use machinery until this effect has worn off.

2. Before you have E-Z-HD
Do not have E-Z-HD if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to barium sulfate or any of the
other ingredients of E-Z-HD (see section 6)
• know that you have a hole or blockage in your bowel or
stomach (gastrointestinal perforation or obstruction)
• know that you have an abnormal passage connecting your
stomach with your bowel (gastrointestinal fistula)
• suffer from bleeding in your bowel or stomach
• suffer from insufficient blood supply (ischaemia) of the bowel
wall
• have an enlarged bowel - a condition called megacolon or
toxic megacolon
• have an inflamed condition of the bowel called necrotising
enterocolitis
• suffer from severe constipation
• suffer from a stomach condition called impaired gastric
emptying
• are a baby and have problems swallowing
• have recently had bowel surgery, such as a procedure called
‘hot’ colonic biopsy or snare polypectomy
• have had radiotherapy (cancer treatment) to your large bowel
(rectum) or prostate gland within the last 4 weeks
• have suffered recent injury to your bowel or stomach,
including chemical burns.

Important information about some of the ingredients of E-Z-HD
E-Z-HD contains sorbitol which may have a mild laxative effect.
The calorific value of sorbitol is 2.6 kcal/g. If you have been told
by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars,
contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
It also contains approximately 310 mg sodium per 340 g dose.
Please tell your doctor, radiographer or nurse if you are on a low
sodium (salt) diet.
Ask your doctor if one of the above warnings is applicable to
you, or has been in the past.

If any of the above applies to you, you should not be given
E-Z-HD. You should talk to your doctor again.

Rev. 02/16

TX1640-1

E-Z-HD®
98 % w/w powder for oral suspension
barium sulfate
The following information is intended for medical or healthcare
professionals only:
It supplements the information provided in the package leaflet
above.
Posology and method of administration
E-Z-HD must be administered orally. The powder must be
reconstituted prior to administration (see section ‘Special
precautions for disposal and other handling’ below).
The administered dose of E-Z-HD will depend on the patient in
question and the section of the gastrointestinal tract to be viewed.

Adults: The contents of one prefilled bottle (340 g) are dispersed
in 65 mL of water to produce a 250 % w/v suspension which is
swallowed by the patient after a suitable gas producing agent has
been administered.
Children: The dosage will be dependent on the size, age, health
state and anatomical region to be imaged of the child. Individual
requirements should be determined, from experience, by the
radiologist.
Elderly: There are no special dosage recommendations. The
dosage should be determined, from experience, by the
radiologist.

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Respiratory problems:
When E-Z-HD is taken as a drink, there is a small risk that you
could breathe it in. This may lead to:
• difficulty breathing
• cough and sore throat
• pneumonia which can result in death. This is very rare.

3. How E-Z-HD will be given to you
Adults, the elderly and children: Your doctor determines how
much E-Z-HD is used.
E-Z-HD will be given to you as a drink.
If you are dehydrated, prone to suffering from constipation or
elderly you may be offered a laxative before you use
E-Z-HD.
After your examination, you may be given a drink, laxative or put
on a saline drip.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, E-Z-HD can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.

Other possible side effects:
• high blood sugar (hyperglycaemia) in diabetics
• agitation, confusion or nervousness whilst the product is
being administered
• feeling dizzy
• swollen eyes
• tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
• low blood pressure
• problems passing urine
• feeling unwell, pain including headache, fever
• swelling, weakness, muscle or speech problems.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor.

Seek immediate medical help if you have any of the following
symptoms:
• feeling faint or loss of consciousness
• swelling of the face or throat
• difficulty in breathing or wheezing, shortness of breath.

5. How to store E-Z-HD
E-Z-HD should be kept out of the reach and sight of children and
stored below 25°C.

These are the signs of a severe and sometimes life threatening
allergic reaction, such as shock.

Do not use E-Z-HD after the expiry date which is stated on the
packaging behind the word ‘EXP’. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.

The following side effects can also develop when you are given
this type of medicine:

Your doctor or nurse will make sure your medicine is correctly
stored and disposed of.

Skin problems:
• itching
• redness
• rash
• sweating
• pale, clammy skin
• skin turning a blue or purple colour due to poor circulation.

6. Further information
What E-Z-HD contains
• The active ingredient is barium sulfate 98 % w/w.
• The other ingredients are sorbitol (E420), acacia gum (E414),
sodium citrate (E331), simeticone, citric acid anhydrous
(E330), polysorbate 80 (E433), carrageenan (E407), ethyl
maltol (E637), saccharin sodium (E954), strawberry flavour
and cherry flavour.

Stomach/bowel problems:
• constipation
• blocked bowel (the blockage would have to be removed by
a doctor)
• diarrhoea
• feeling sick or being sick
• stomach pain or a bloated stomach
• excess wind (flatulence)
• bowel inflammation, ulceration or perforation (a hole)
• swollen tongue
• a damaged bowel wall lining which may lead to bacteria in
the blood, an abscess or appendicitis. You may be given
antibiotics to prevent this.
• in rare cases an enema may damage the lining of the bowel
wall. When this happens, it may result in an infection of the
bowel or its lining (peritonitis), or a type of swelling called
‘granuloma’
• small amounts of barium sulfate may leak into the blood
supply and end up in other parts of the body such as blood
vessels or arteries. This occurs rarely, but the result can be
very serious and may cause death.
• if you suffer from ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the
bowel), E-Z-HD may aggravate your condition.

What E-Z-HD looks like and contents of the pack
E-Z-HD is a white powder for oral suspension. It is supplied in
bottles containing 340g E-Z-HD.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Bracco Imaging spa,
Via Egidio Folli 50, 20134 Milano, Italy
Manufacturer responsible for batch release
Bracco UK Limited,
Wooburn Green, Bucks, HP10 0HH, UK

If this leaflet is difficult to see or read, and you
would like it in a different format, please
contact Bracco UK Limited, Wooburn Green,
Bucks, HP10 0HH, UK.

Heart problems:
• changes in heart rhythm.

This leaflet was last approved in May 2016.
CL80301

E-Z-HD®
98 % w/w powder for oral suspension
barium sulfate
Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Special precautions for storage

Reconstitution information for use of E-Z-HD is provided below.

This medicinal product should be stored below 25°C.

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Any unused, opened product or waste material should be
disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

Add 65 mL of water to bottle.
Secure lid and invert bottle, tapping base to loosen powder.
Shake well for 10-20 secs. Leave until required.
Immediately before giving to patient to drink shake again for
10-20 secs.

This pack is for single-dose use only. E-Z-HD should be
administered immediately following reconstitution and must not
be stored.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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