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A 18-year-old female asked:

Not sure if i have the stomach flu or the indian food i ate didn't sit right. can i use pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) to help?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Sure, no harm there.: If it's food related there may be associated diarrhea, and will be limited to 12-18 hrs. Try to stay hydrated. Either way it should be self limited. Of course, if symptoms worsen or persist more than 2-3 days, i suggest you contact your provider. Good luck.

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Last updated Feb 15, 2014

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