Sodium Bicarbonate granules for oral solution (Rx)

Sodium bicarbonate granules create an oral solution that a healthcare provider will give to you in a hospital or clinic setting. The solution creates gas in your stomach. This can help your provider see better results during an imaging contrast study of your stomach.

What is this medication?

SODIUM BICARBONATE (SOE dee um; bye KAR bon ate) is used to create gas in the stomach for some contrast studies of the stomach.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Baros

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What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

•any problems of the throat, stomach, or intestines like blockage, perforation, or surgery

•low sodium diet

•an unusual or allergic reaction to sodium bicarbonate, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

•pregnant or trying to get pregnant

•breast-feeding

How should I use this medication?

This medicine is taken by mouth. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not approved for use in children.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

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What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply; this medicine is not for regular use.

What may interact with this medication?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

•ammonium chloride

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

•antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, doxycycline, tetracycline

•aspirin and aspirin-like medicines

•delavirdine

•ephedra, Ma Huang

•itraconazole, ketoconazole

•lithium

•methenamine

•norfloxacin

•quinidine

•quinine

•stimulants like amphetamine, dexmethylphenidate, and others

•tolmetin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

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What should I watch for while using this medication?

Your condition will be monitored while you are taking this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

•allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

•nausea, vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

•bloating and stomach gas

•increased thirst

•stomach cramps

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medication?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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