EZ Cat Dry

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP Last updated on RxList: 5/19/2022
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What Is E-Z-CAT DRY?

E-Z-CAT DRY (barium sulfate powder) is a positive contrast agent for radiographic studies indicated for use in computed tomography (CT scan) of the GI tract. The brand name E-Z-CAT DRY has been discontinued. It may be available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of E-Z-CAT DRY?

Common side effects of E-Z-CAT DRY (barium sulfate powder) are usually mild and temporary and include:

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea, and
  • abdominal cramping.

Dosage for E-Z-CAT DRY

The volume and concentration of the CT barium sulfate suspension to be administered will depend on the degree and extent of concentration required in the area(s) under examination and on the equipment and technique employed.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with E-Z-CAT DRY?

E-Z-CAT DRY (barium sulfate powder) may interact with other medications taken orally at the same time. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

E-Z-CAT DRY During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using E-Z-CAT DRY (barium sulfate powder). Radiation is known to cause harm to the unborn fetus exposed in utero. Radiographic procedures should only be used when the physician deems it essential to the welfare of the pregnant patient. Barium sulfate products may be used during lactation. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our E-Z-CAT DRY (barium sulfate powder) for Suspension Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


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EZ Cat Dry Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe stomach pain;
  • severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, or constipation;
  • chest pain, trouble breathing or swallowing;
  • ringing in your ears;
  • sweating, confusion, fast heart rate; or
  • pale skin, blue-colored skin, weakness.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild stomach cramps;
  • nausea, vomiting; or
  • loose stools or mild constipation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for EZ Cat Dry (Barium Sulfate Powder for Suspension)


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Adverse reactions, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping, accompanying the use of barium sulfate formulations are infrequent and usually mild. Severe reactions (approximately 1 in 1,000,000) and fatalities (approximately 1 in 10,000,000) have occurred. Procedural complications are rare, but may include aspiration pneumonitis, barium sulfate impaction, granuloma formation, intravasation, embolization and peritonitis following intestinal perforation, vasovagal and syncopal episodes, and fatalities. It is of the utmost importance to be completely prepared to treat any such occurrence.

Allergic Reactions

Due to the increased likelihood of allergic reactions in atopic patients, it is important that a complete history of known and suspected allergies as well as allergic-like symptoms, e.g., rhinitis, bronchial asthma, eczema and urticaria, must be obtained prior to any medical procedure utilizing these products.

A mild allergic reaction would most likely include generalized pruritus, erythema or urticaria (approximately 1 in 250,000). Such reactions will generally respond to an antihistamine such as 50 mg of diphenhydramine or its equivalent. In the rarer, more serious reactions (approximately 1 in 1,000,000) laryngeal edema, bronchospasm or hypotension could develop. Severe reactions which may require emergency measures are often characterized by peripheral vasodilation, hypotension, reflex tachycardia, dyspnea, agitation, confusion and cyanosis progressing to unconsciousness. Treatment should be initiated immediately with 0.3 to 0.5 mL of 1:1000 epinephrine subcutaneously. If bronchospasm predominates, 0.25 to 0.50 grams of intravenous aminophylline should be given slowly. Appropriate vasopressors might be required. Adrenocorticosteroids, even if given intravenously, exert no significant effect on the acute allergic reactions for a few hours. The administration of these agents should not be regarded as emergency measures for the treatment of allergic reactions.

Apprehensive patients may develop weakness, pallor, tinnitus, diaphoresis and bradycardia following the administration of any diagnostic agent. Such reactions are usually non-allergic in nature and are best treated by having the patient lie flat for an additional 10 to 30 minutes under observation.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for EZ Cat Dry (Barium Sulfate Powder for Suspension)

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