Question: Is Gastrografin Safe To Take?

What does a Gastrografin enema show?

A Gastrografin enema is an X-ray test which shows the large bowel (colon) by filling it with Gastrografin.

The Gastrografin is introduced by a thin & hollow flexible tube which is inserted into the rectum (back passage)..

Can I have a CT scan instead of colonoscopy?

CT scans are the best alternative to colonoscopy to investigate bowel cancer. ‘Virtual colonoscopy’ using CT scans is more effective for investigating patients with possible bowel cancer than an X-ray test, says a new study.

What are the side effects of contrast dye after a CT scan?

Iodine-based Contrast Materialsnausea and vomiting.headache.itching.flushing.mild skin rash or hives.

When should I take gastrografin?

Gastrografin is often used when a barium enema or meal cannot be used. It is sometimes added to barium to improve the X-ray picture. Gastrografin is sometimes used to treat meconium ileus, a specific type of bowel blockage. Gastrografin may also be used for CT scan (Computerised Tomography) in the abdominal region.

What can you mix gastrografin with?

1½ hours before your CT scan, mix the bottle of Gastrografin with 500ml of water or juice, and drink it. We will give you more Gastrografin when you arrive in the department. Do not take any other laxatives.

How much do you dilute gastrografin?

The dosage is dependent on the type of examination and the age of the patient. 0.5 – 1.5 litres of approximately 3% Gastrografin solution (30 ml Gastrografin/1 litre of water). Older and cachectic patients: Dilution with an equal volume of water is recommended.

Does gastrografin taste bad?

Gastrografin is an X-ray contrast medium that acts like an X-ray dye when X-rays of the gastrointestinal tract are being taken. It is provided as a solution for drinking or diluted for use as an enema. Gastrografin has a sweet taste.

What are the side effects of gastrografin?

Gastrografin Side Effects by Likelihood and SeverityChills.Diarrhea.Dizziness.Excessive Sweating.Excessive Thirst.Headache.Nausea.Vomiting.

Does gastrografin make you poop?

Gastrografin is a mild laxative which will remove most stool, but also helps us distinguish stool from polyps. test may fail, and may need repeating.

How long does diarrhea last after taking gastrografin?

It is normal to get cramp like abdominal pains during the examination and shortly afterwards. This discomfort will ease, as the carbon dioxide gas is absorbed by your body in the hour or so following the scan. You may continue to have some diarrhoea for one or two days after the scan.

Can you drink gastrografin?

Gastrografin is either drunk as a solution or given as an enema, a liquid that is forced by low pressure into the anus. It must not be given by injection into the blood vessels. Overdosing is unlikely. If it does happen the radiologist will treat any symptoms that follow.

Can gastrografin make you sick?

Gastrografin can make people feel or be sick. It may cause a mild rash but this is uncommon. Very rarely you can have an allergic reaction. The injection of contrast medium might make you hot and flushed for a few minutes.

Do you have to dilute gastrografin?

Gastrografin should be diluted when it is used for enemas and enterostomy instillations. When used as an enema, the suggested dilution for adults is 240 mL (88 g iodine) in 1,000 mL of tap water.

How long does it take for gastrografin to start working?

When Gastrografin is used alone, the contrast medium has generally reached the rectum after 2 hours, while the Gastrografin/barium sulfate mixture may take up to 3 hours, or longer in individual cases.

Why is gastrografin used instead of barium?

X- rays are able to pass through bones in your body and thus produce a ‘picture’, but X-rays are unable to pass through the iodine in contrast agents. Gastrografin enables the radiologist to see the gastrointestinal tract more clearly. Gastrografin is often used when a barium enema or meal cannot be used.