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is barium sulfate a sulfa drug ?

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
No: There does not appear to be any reason for people with sulfa or sulfite allergies to avoid medications that contain a sulfate salt such as barium sulfate. Here is the web page: http://allergies.About.Com/od/medicationallergies/a/sulfahub.Htm.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are common barium swallow side effects?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
Barium swallow SEs: Side-effects: 1. Bad taste 2. Subsequently binds you up (unless rigorous attempts made to expel it over the next few days) 3. Radiation dose...
A 43-year-old member asked:

What types of diseases does a barium swallow detect?

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Dr. Alain Ades
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Barium swallow: Things that stick out, such as cancers, or cause an indemtation, such as an ulcer. Has been nearly totally replaced by endoscopy.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Why is it safe for patients to drink barium sulfate even though barium ions are toxic?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Not absorbed: Barium is a heavy metal which is not absorbable. It therefore passes through your system unaltered. It is generally taken as a salt (barium sulfate), .
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Dr. Neil Halin commented
Radiology 39 years experience
The barium that you drink for upper GI series, barium enema or CT scan is usually complexed with other molecules to keep it suspended and evenly distributed. You pass the complex molecules and do not absorb any.
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A 51-year-old member asked:

Where do I go to get a barium swallow done?

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Dr. Martin Linder
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Radiology: Barium swallows are done in a radiology suite but must be ordered by a physician.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How common is it for someone to need a barium swallow?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Very: Simple, cost effective procedure looking at the lining of the esophagus and stomach.

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