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bismuth subsalicylate

bismuth subsalicylate

Generic for Pepto-Bismol®
Generic for Pepto-Bismol®
GeneralMedication

Over-the-counter (OTC)

Introduction

Bismuth subsalicylate (generic for Pepto-Bismol) is used to treat upset stomach and diarrhea.

When to avoid

This medication is a salicylate, and is pharmacologically similar to aspirin. Do not use if allergic to aspirin or other salicylates. Children and teenagers should not take this or other salicylate medications because of a rare but serious illness called Reye's syndrome.

When is it dangerous

Avoid and seek emergency medical care in case of fever, black or bloody stool, mucous in the stool, or a bleeding problem. This medication may interact with blood thinning medication (anticoagulants) and medications for diabetes, gout, and arthritis. Stop use and seek emergency medical care if ringing in the ears or loss of hearing develops, as these could be signs of salicylate poisioning.

When is it used

Upset stomach bismuth subsalicylate 2 tablets by mouth every 30-60 minutes as needed, do not exceed 16 tablets in 24 hours

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