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Pepto-Bismol
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(bismuth subsalicylate)

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)

Over-the-counter
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.

Relieves heartburn, headache, and body pains.

Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate) gives quick relief for headache, body pains, and upset tummies, but might be hard to swallow if you don't like the taste or fizz.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Works great if you have an upset stomach and a headache or body pain at the same time.
  • Works really fast.
  • Available over the counter without a prescription.
  • Cheap.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Doesn't last very long.
  • Other antacids like Zantac (H2 blockers) and omeprazole (proton pump inhibitors) can work better and last longer.
  • Because it has aspirin in it, it increases the risk of bleeding, especially if you take any other blood thinning medicine.
  • Can't be used by people with allergy to aspirin.
  • You may not like the taste or fizz.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Effervescent tablet
Price
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1376 
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think this treatment is worth it
48%
think this treatment works well
6%
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Side effects
The Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Alka-Seltzer Original (Aspirin / Citric Acid / Sodium Bicarbonate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Reye's syndrome

    Children or teenagers that have or are recovering from flu/flu-like symptoms or chickenpox

  • Allergy to salicylates

    Aspirin allergy

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Hearing problems

    Age 60 or older

  • Drug Interactions

    Anticoagulants

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • High blood sodium levels

    Current kidney disease

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • May worsen heart or kidney problems

    Congestive heart failure (CHF)

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Brain damage or death from Reye's Syndrome

    Children 18 years or younger recovering from viral infections

  • Stomach Bleeding

    History of stomach bleeding or ulcers

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Serious allergic reactions

    Asthma

    ...and 4 more risk factors

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