Compare alosetron vs. Pepto-Bismol
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Lotronex (alosetron) is good add-on treatment for severe diarrhea in women with IBS, but shouldn't be used in men or those with constipation-dominant IBS.
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.
- Good alternative if nothing else has worked to control your diarrhea.
- Has fewer side effects than other medicines used to treat diarrhea related to IBS.
- 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.
- May be expensive if not covered by your insurance.
- Only treats diarrhea in women with IBS. Not a good choice if you have constipation related to IBS or are a male with IBS.
- 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.
- Irritable bowel syndrome with severe diarrhea in women
- Chewable tablet
- Stomach pain6%
- Hemorrhoid bleeding2%
- Serious gastrointestinal problems
- Daily doses higher than 1 mg
- Constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome
- Reye's syndrome
- Children or teenagers that have or are recovering from flu/flu-like symptoms or chickenpox
- Allergy to salicylates
- Aspirin allergy
- NSAID allergy
- Hearing problems
- Age 60 or older
- Drug Interactions
- Aspirin-containing medications