Varibar Nectar Side Effects Center

Last updated on RxList: 8/25/2022
Varibar Nectar Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Varibar Nectar?

Varibar Nectar (barium sulfate) oral suspension is a radiographic contrast agent indicated for use in modified barium swallow examinations to evaluate the oral and pharyngeal function and morphology in adult and pediatric patients.

What Are Side Effects of Varibar Nectar?

Common side effects of Varibar Nectar include:

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

Varibar Nectar may cause serious side effects including:

  • hives,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat,
  • severe stomach pain,
  • severe stomach cramps,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation,
  • chest pain,
  • trouble breathing,
  • difficulty swallowing,
  • ringing in your ears,
  • sweating,
  • confusion,
  • fast heart rate,
  • pale skin,
  • blue colored skin, and
  • weakness

Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.

Seek medical care or call 911 at once if you have the following serious side effects:

  • Serious eye symptoms such as sudden vision loss, blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights;
  • Serious heart symptoms such as fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeats; fluttering in your chest; shortness of breath; and sudden dizziness, lightheartedness, or passing out;
  • Severe headache, confusion, slurred speech, arm or leg weakness, trouble walking, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, very stiff muscles, high fever, profuse sweating, or tremors.

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

Dosage for Varibar Nectar

The recommended adult dose of Varibar Nectar is 5 mL. The recommended dose of Varibar Nectar for pediatric patients 6 months and older is 1-3 mL. The recommended dose of Varibar Nectar for pediatric patients younger than 6 months of age is 0.5-1 mL.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Varibar Nectar?

Varibar Nectar may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Varibar Nectar During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Varibar Nectar. Varibar Nectar is not absorbed systemically following oral administration, and maternal use is not expected to result in fetal exposure to the drug. Breastfeeding is not expected to result in exposure of the infant to the drug. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Varibar Nectar (barium sulfate) Oral 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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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.

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SIDE EFFECTS

The following adverse reactions have been identified from spontaneous reporting or clinical studies of barium sulfate administered orally. Because the reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or to establish a causal relationship to drug exposure:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping
  • Serious adverse reactions and fatalities include aspiration pneumonitis, barium sulfate impaction, intestinal perforation with consequent peritonitis and granuloma formation, vasovagal and syncopal episodes

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Varibar Nectar (Barium Sulfate)

© Varibar Nectar Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Varibar Nectar Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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