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can i take pepto bismol and carafate?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 57 years experience
I can think of no reason you cannot. But always go to drugs.com and enter every thing you take to get all possible interactions.

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A 57-year-old member asked:

Is headache a likely side effect of sulcrufate? Can you take it long term if needed for LPR (ppi's cause headache)?

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Dr. Martin Linder
Family Medicine 43 years experience
No: Because sucralfate acts inside the GI tract and is not absorbed headache would be an uncommon side effect. It can be taken long term safely. It is of value in the treatment and healing of superficial damage to injured tissues.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can I take Carafate (sucralfate) with caffeine?

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Dr. Jimmy Lin
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Not a good idea: Carafate (sucralfate) is to protect you stomach by forming a protective coating in your stomach lining. Caffeine irritant to your stomach. It will make your gastritis worse. That is why all ulcer or reflux or gastritis patient are put on caffeine free diet. If you take Carafate (sucralfate) with caffeine, it will make your healing process very slow or getting worse.
Dr. Victor Bonuel
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Agree. You can but not advisable. It's like pouring water into a cup with a hole in it. I understand it's hard to quit coffee cold turkey.
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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).

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