Best Way to Drink Barium Sulfate and the Taste and What to Expect

Many people inquire about what it is like to drink this stuff. Turns out drinking barium sulfate is no big deal.
  • Just do exactly what the bottle and doc says.
  • The taste is bland.
  • I experienced no side or after effects.

Barium Sulfate for CT Scans

The Doc aka medical service provider specifies a procedure requiring the drinking consumption of a barium sulfate solution up to 24 hours prior and just before the CT scan; yep, you'll usually need to drink it the day before the test and just prior to the test. In other words, they do have you drink several doses before the actual CT. It sounds like it is a big deal and a pain in the neck, but it isn't.

I immediately did the research on the .gov sites and elsewhere. I ended up with the impression that I was going to gag on the stuff. That information is false. It was bland and no big deal whatsoever. They'll even give you a choice as to flavor. I ended up with vanilla.

Again, the stuff was just plain bland and no problem(s). I hope this page helps mitigate all the false information out there. And I might add, the volume looks a lot larger than it is. A few medium sips did the trick for each dosage. No need to to do large swallows or such. Do shake the stuff before drinking as the bottle says; an even mixture gives the technician and doc what they need.

And again concerning side effects before, during, and after; nothing out of the ordinary occurred. I wish all medical tests and procedures were this uneventful.

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