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Sodium Bicarbonate Oral solution [Radiographic Use]

What is this medicine?

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

How should I use this medicine?

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.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

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

What may interact with this medicine?

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

What if I miss a dose?

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

Where should I keep my medicine?

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

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

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

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

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

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 8/19/2009
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