Relieves heartburn, upset stomach, and diarrhea. Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can help for many stomach and intestinal problems, but may take longer to work compared to some other anti-diarrheal medicines.
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› Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) works well to alleviate stomach and intestinal problems and doesn't have many side effects.
› Comes in easy to take chewable pills or liquid, if you do not like swallowing pills.
› Is inexpensive and available over the counter.
› Coupons are available. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Downsides and risks
› May not be as strong as other anti-diarrheal or antacid medications.
› Should not be used for more than 2 days if your diarrhea does not go away or if you have a fever.
› For symptoms other than diarrhea, should not be used for more than 7 days without your doctor's approval. Speak to your doctor if symptoms persist.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› If you have the liquid product, make sure to shake well before use.
› Non-chewable pills should be taken with a full glass of water.
› Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) may cause your tongue and stool to become dark, this is normal. However, contact your doctor right away if you notice bloody stools, or if you are vomiting blood or a substance that looks like coffee grounds.
› Diarrhea can cause you to be dehyrated and lose electrolytes. Make sure to stay hydated. Rehydration solutions are available over-the-counter. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
› Eating smaller meals and avoiding eating 3 hours before bedtime can help prevent heartburn.