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A 32-year-old female asked:

do radio-opaque capsules cause any side effects i have to take 2 capsules for xray on fri?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
No: These are just basically pills that can be seen on X-ray. They just pass through your intestinal tract. They are smooth, are not digested. You won't know they are there except that you will swallow them. They have no taste either. They aren't reused either if you were thinking about that. I know you were, lol.
Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology 41 years experience
No: They are inert meaning they don't interact with anything inside you. Like anything you eat, if you are constipated, you may retain the capsules. For that reason, I recommend a high fiber diet after you test is complete. This will help move anything in your bowels along to proper excretion (removal by normal means).

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