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What are common side effects of barium swallow and barium meal tests?
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
In brief: Not many
Barium contrast is inert usually without reaction.
Constipation from barium can occur. Usually not permanent side effects. Do receive some irradiation from the test. Most radiologists try to keep dose of radiation as low as possible.

In brief: Not many
Barium contrast is inert usually without reaction.
Constipation from barium can occur. Usually not permanent side effects. Do receive some irradiation from the test. Most radiologists try to keep dose of radiation as low as possible.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Several
Can make you throw up if you have a sensitive stomach.
Can cause constipation, diarrhea, bloating, cramping, nausea, abdominal pain or wheezing.

In brief: Several
Can make you throw up if you have a sensitive stomach.
Can cause constipation, diarrhea, bloating, cramping, nausea, abdominal pain or wheezing.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
In brief: See below
These are generally quite benign tests.
The most common complaints are nausea, vomiting, bloating, cramping and diarrhea all of which usually resolved within 1-3 days.

In brief: See below
These are generally quite benign tests.
The most common complaints are nausea, vomiting, bloating, cramping and diarrhea all of which usually resolved within 1-3 days.
Dr. Sidney Vinson
Dr. Sidney Vinson
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