Varibar Nectar

  • Imaging agents

Varibar Nectar Generic Name & Formulations

General Description

Barium sulfate 40% w/v; oral susp; apple flavor; contains polysorbate 80.

Pharmacological Class

Radiographic contrast medium.

How Supplied

Oral susp—240mL


Generic Availability


Varibar Nectar Indications


For use in modified barium swallow exams to evaluate the oral and pharyngeal function and morphology.

Varibar Nectar Dosage and Administration


For oral use only. 5mL. May give multiple doses as needed during exam; max total dose: 30mL.


For oral use only. <6mos: 0.5–1mL; ≥6mos: 1–3mL. May give multiple doses as needed during exam; max total dose: 30mL.

Varibar Nectar Contraindications


Known or suspected GI tract perforation. Known GI obstruction. High risk of GI perforation (eg, recent prior perforation, acute GI hemorrhage or ischemia, toxic megacolon, severe ileus, post GI surgery or biopsy, acute GI injury/burn, recent pelvic radiotherapy). High risk of aspiration (eg, tracheoesophageal fistula or obtundation).

Varibar Nectar Boxed Warnings

Not Applicable

Varibar Nectar Warnings/Precautions


History of bronchial asthma, atopy, or food allergies. Hypersensitivity reactions: have emergency equipment readily available. Increased risk of intra-abdominal barium leakage with carcinomas, GI fistula, inflammatory bowel disease, gastric or duodenal ulcer, appendicitis, diverticulitis, severe GI stenosis. Increased risk of GI obstruction or baroliths with severe GI stenosis, impaired GI motility, electrolyte imbalance, dehydration, low residue diet, concomitant drugs that delay GI motility, constipation, pediatric cystic fibrosis or Hirschsprung disease, elderly. Maintain adequate hydration. Monitor for aspiration; discontinue if suspected. Monitor for potential intravasation.

Varibar Nectar Pharmacokinetics

See Literature

Varibar Nectar Interactions

Not Applicable

Varibar Nectar Adverse Reactions

Adverse Reactions

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping; aspiration pneumonitis, barium sulfate impaction, GI perforation, vasovagal and syncopal episodes, hypersensitivity reactions.

Varibar Nectar Clinical Trials

See Literature

Varibar Nectar Note

Not Applicable

Varibar Nectar Patient Counseling

See Literature