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A 41-year-old female asked:

can i take simethone with pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

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Dr. David Ziring
Pediatric Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Yes: Simethicone breaks up gas bubbles. Peptobismol is bismuth and aspirin, meant to soothe your stomach and improve diarrhea. There is no interaction between the two.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How often should you take bismuth subsalicylate?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Age? indication?: If you're >12 years old, for acute diarrhea, the dose is 2 tabs or 30 ccs every 30-60 minutes as needed with a 24 hour maximum of 16 tabs or 240 ccs. For h. Pylori infection, the dose is 2 tabs or 30 ccs four times a day for 10-28 days. If you have kidney disease, you should avoid it all together or be under medical supervision.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Are there contraindications to taking bismuth subsalicylate (pepto bismol) 262 mg a few times a week?

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Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
Gastroenterology 22 years experience
Probably not: But best to check with your doctor who knows your medical conditions and other meds that you may take. More importantly, why are you taking it a few times a week and are you masking a medical problem that warrants attention or evaluation.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it safe for me to use pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Generally yes.: Apart from Aspirin hypersensitivity, the only major issues with normal doses are discolored (black) stools, potential constipation (it is used for diarrhea).
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it bad to take pepto with a probiotic?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
No, but: Do not take at the same time!
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is there any harm in taking bismuth subsalicylate?

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Dr. Miguel Rodriguez
Gastroenterology 38 years experience
Danger and bismuth: Not really, it does not get absorb to the degree of causing harm. But everything in excess might have some consequence. Common sense should prevail while using any medication.

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