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

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

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), . ...Read more

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Barium (Definition)

Barium is a chemical element with symbol ba and atomic number 56. It is the fifth element in group 2, a soft silvery metallic alkaline earth metal. Because of its high chemical reactivity barium is never found in nature as a free element. Its hydroxide was known in pre-modern history as baryta; this substance does not occur as a mineral, but can be prepared ...Read more


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How safe is barium sulfate suspension for CT scan? I have SVT, high blood press, chronic constipation & idiopathic hives. Any precautions to take?

How safe is barium sulfate suspension for CT scan? I have SVT, high blood press, chronic constipation & idiopathic hives. Any precautions to take?

Keep it moving: And of those issues, only constipation would seem to be of concern. Barium itself can be constipating; it even can solidify stool. Yeah. So be consistent with the treatment you've been prescribed - (don't overdo, tho) preferably fiber, psyllium, PEG (miralax) etc. rather than stimulant laxatives. Keep it moving till the barium's outta there. ...Read more

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Is barium sulfate a sulfa drug ?

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. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get diarrhea from barium sulfate contrast?

Is it normal to get diarrhea from barium sulfate contrast?

Yes, very normal.: Oral contrast materials commonly cause diarrhea. Once it's out of your system, everything should be fine. ...Read more

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I took barium sulfate about two weeks ago and I still experiencing bloating?

I took barium sulfate about two weeks ago and I still experiencing bloating?

Possibly: Barium is notorious for being the worst part of the endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures. Symptoms as you describe are frequent. While it is less common to persist as long as you have, it is still likely. Of course, depending on what was done the symptoms could reflect a problem with a biopsy for example or an underlying, separate problem. If it gets worse or you get a fever, present to your doc. ...Read more

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Can barium sulfate make pain?

Can barium sulfate make pain?

Rare: If forms an obstruction of the colon. Drink lots of water to help the barium be eliminated. ...Read more

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How long does barium sulfate for suspension last in your body?

Varies: It varies from one person to the next. Anywhere from 1-7 days. Small traces could be seen after that. ...Read more

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I have to take barium sulfate before a cat scan - how does it taste? Will I gag?

Tastes variable: Many barium admixtures are flavored, so it varies from place to place. The barium mixtures are more tolerable than the purely water soluble contrasts. ...Read more

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Barium Sulfate (Definition)

Barium sulfate is a non-ionic, low osmolar contrast which is a kind of ...Read more