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Pepto Bismol

(Bismuth Subsalicylate)

Over-the-counterLower-cost generic available
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
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Relieves heartburn, upset tummy and diarrhea.

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Pepto Bismol (Bismuth Subsalicylate) does it all, from upset stomach to crampy diarrhea.

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Upsides

  • Most people who take Pepto Bismol feel there's no hassle and it's definitely worth it!
  • It's can also be used as part of treatment plan for H. Pylori., a stomach infection. H. Pylori is thought to be one of the reasons some people get ulcers.
  • It comes in caplets, liquid, and chewable tablets so you can use it anywhere you need it.
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Downsides

  • You might be surprised that Pepto Bismol can cause temporary darkening of your tongue, but it's harmless.
  • Doesn't treat every intestinal infection so make sure you let your doctor know if your diarrhea and symptoms last more than 2 days or your symptoms get worse. You may need a stronger medicine.
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Risks and Warnings for Pepto Bismol (Bismuth Subsalicylate)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Children or teenagers that have or are recovering from flu/flu-like symptoms or chickenpox

    Pepto Bismol (Bismuth Subsalicylate) breaks down into salicylic acid or aspirin in the body after you swallow it. don't give Pepto Bismol (Bismuth Subsalicylate) to children or teenagers who are sick with or getting better from chickenpox, the flu or other viral sickness because of the risk of getting Reye’s Syndrome. Reye’s is a serious condition that causes damage to the liver and brain.

Common concerns from people taking Pepto Bismol (Bismuth Subsalicylate)

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