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Would it be bad if i took expired pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets? ?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
No: no, its ok as long as it's not significantly (like 6 months or more) past expiration. The only problem at that point is potency and theoretical breakdown of the ingredients. However, it usually wouldn't cause any minor harm and definitely not serious harm.

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A female asked:

What would happen if I took pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) that expired in 2008?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Michaels
Urology 53 years experience
Nothing: No harm done.Possibly less effective but the military has done study that showed medications just as effective even a decade after expiration date given by manufacturer except a few rare cases such as tetracycline and reconstituted children's liquid antibiotics.So,no worries:)
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) the month that it expires?

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Dr. Perry Milman
Gastroenterology 48 years experience
Yes: It should be no problem as long as it hasn't expired yet.
Hattiesburg, MS
A 16-year-old female asked:

Is it okay to take an expired pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Expired medicine: It really depends on how expired it is. But I would say in this case no don't take it.
Glendale, AZ
A 17-year-old male asked:

Can I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) that expired in April

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Yes: It will still have the same effect as long as the bottle had not previously been opened.

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