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Is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) good for food posioning?

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Dr. Connie Topliff
Family Medicine 28 years experience
It's controversial. : It used to be thought it was better to let your system 'cleanse itself ' without medication, but studies have shown this to not be true. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can help decrease vomiting, diarrhea, & cramping in some. Please take only as directed & avoid if you are allergic to aspirin. Stay hydrated! simple 'food poisoning' should resolve within 24-48 hrs. If not better by then, or bleeding, see a doc.
Dr. Paul Diamond
Family Medicine 45 years experience
In addition be forewarned that your stool may show a black color with the Pepto Bismol, so If you see a doctor and mention a black stool, let them know you took the Pepto.
Feb 24, 2013

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