E-Z-Hd is part of the Medical Supplies and Devices class and treats Diagnosis. Medical supplies and devices are prescription and over-the-counter items used to assist in the treatment of various medical conditions such as dry mouth, diabetes, asthma, and nausea. They work cooperatively with prescription medications or can be used alone to treat or test for certain conditions. E-Z-Hd is only available as a brand name drug. Compare medical supplies and devices.

What is E-Z-Hd?

Commonly Used Brand Name(s)Bar-Test, Entero VU, E-Z-Cat Dry, E-Z-Disk, E-Z-Dose with Liquid Polibar Plus, E-Z-HD, Polibar ACB, Readi-Cat 2, Readi-Cat 2 Smoothie, Tagitol V, Varibar, Volumen, Acb, Baro-Cat, Barosperse Enema, Colobar-100, Epi-C, Epi-Stat, Esobar, Esopho-Cat Esophageal Cream, E-Z-Cat, E-Z-Hd, E-Z-Jug, E-Z-Paque

Therapeutic ClassificationsDiagnostic Agent, Radiological Contrast Media




Barium sulfate is used to help diagnose or find problems in the esophagus, stomach, and bowels. It is a radiographic contrast agent. Contrast agents are used to create a clear picture of the different parts of the body.

This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor.

Proper UseTOP

A doctor or other trained health professional will give you or your child this medicine in a hospital. This medicine is given by mouth. You will swallow the barium liquid just before a CT scan or x-ray.

Your doctor may tell you not to eat or drink anything the night before your test. Barium will work better if your stomach and bowels are empty.

It is important to drink plenty of liquids during and after the test. Barium sulfate may cause severe constipation.

Barium sulfate is also available as an enema and given through the rectum.

Before UsingTOP

In deciding to use a diagnostic test, any risks of the test must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. Also, other things may affect test results. For this test, the following should be considered:


Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.


Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of barium sulfate oral suspension in children 12 years of age and older. However, safety and efficacy of this medicine have not been established in children younger than 12 years of age.


Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of barium sulfate oral suspension in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have kidney, liver, or heart problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving this medicine.

Drug InteractionsTOP

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Other InteractionsTOP

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical ProblemsTOP

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this diagnostic test. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Appendicitis (inflammation of the appendix) or
  • Cancer or
  • Inflammatory bowel disease or
  • Stomach or bowel problems (eg, diverticulitis, fistula, stenosis, ulcer)—May cause barium to leak in the stomach in patients with these conditions.
  • Cystic fibrosis or
  • Dehydration or
  • Electrolyte imbalance or
  • Stomach or bowel problems (eg, severe stenosis)—May increase risk for more serious side effects.
  • Radiation treatment to the rectum or prostate, recent or
  • Stomach or bowel blockage, known or suspected or
  • Stomach or bowel perforation, known or suspected or
  • Stomach or bowel problems (eg, bleeding, injury, ischemia, severe ileus, toxic megacolon) or
  • Stomach or bowel surgery or
  • Trouble swallowing—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.


Your doctor will check your or your child's progress closely while you are receiving this medicine. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you or your child should continue to receive it.

Serious allergic reactions may occur while you are receiving this medicine. Tell your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, noisy breathing, trouble breathing, lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting after receiving this medicine.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

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