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Macrobid (Nitrofurantoin)

Other names: Furadantin, Macrodantin
Medical politics and a demarcation dispute lurk beneath the innocent appearing surface of the Barium Sulfate Enema. The use of flexible fibre optic telescopes by gastroenterologists provides a better view of the lower digestive tract than does the Barium Enema.
If Barium studies are still widely requested by general practitioners it is because competition for the Medicare dollar is fierce. Today’s G.P.s want patients in their own surgeries; and not in the waiting rooms of specialist colleagues. Barium studies bring patients back with a packet of X- Rays and a radiologist’s report. Exit the gastroenterologist. The G.P. rules O.K.
Fortunately over the years the volume of barium swallowed by mouth or introduced in to the back passage as an enema by radiologists has been reduced. Furthermore the difference between Barium studies and endoscopy in terms of reliability is not great. In any event most people prefer Barium studies to the traumatic and uncomfortable insertion of an endoscope.
Home Remedies
Before a Barium Enema the patient undergoes a ruthless purge. It is important for the bowel to be clear of faeces for the test to be accurate. That hurdle and the procedure overcome, many patients complain about the Barium in their bowels “setting like concrete”. At this point a less gentle laxative such as coloxyl with senna for a few nights is in order. This combination will clear the bowel of any remaining Barium.

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