Best Way to Drink Barium Sulfate Oral Suspension and What Does It Taste Like and What to Expect

Latest update: February 15, 2020
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 Oral Suspension for CT Scans

The doctor or 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.

An Update. I have seen posts where people have talked about digestive problems when drinking barium sulfate. Just to be on the safe side, maybe drink that first major dose when you know you will be home for the next several hours. Nothing should happen, but who knows what might happen if other medications or certain foods are involved? One would think the technician would warn a patient about such things, but that is not always the case. Based on my own experience, you will be fine; but might as well play it safe.

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