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Doctor insights on: Bismol Bismuth Subsalicylate

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Bismuth Subsalicylate (Definition)

Bismuth subsalicylate is an anticholinergic agent which is a kind of anti-Parkinson's drug ...Read more


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Can I take simethone with pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

Can I take simethone with pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

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. ...Read more

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

No harm done: The actual shelf life of Pepto-Bismol is a lot greater than what is indicated by the expiration date. Old Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) may lose some of its efficacy, but there are no other significant untoward effects. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take a pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) that expired in 2011?

Is it okay to take a pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) that expired in 2011?

Yes: Will not hurt and may help. Medication is usually effective for 1-2 years after the expiratory date. If there is no benefit you will need to get new. Check it out with the pharmacist as well. All the best. ...Read more

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Would it be bad if I took expired pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets? ?

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. ...Read more

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Can I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) that expired in April and is open?

Can I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) that expired in April and is open?

I guess you could: But I would avoid it. I'm of the opinion that suspensions should be discarded by the expiration date. I'm ok with expired tablets by several months however as a rule of thumb, if you don't have to take expired medications--don't. ...Read more

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

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

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:) ...Read more

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How long does it take for Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets to start working?

Usually 20-30 min: For most people it takes effect within the hour. If your symptoms persist after taking the medication I would follow up with your PCP to make sure nothing else going on ...Read more

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How long after the expiration date is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) safe to take?

Not recommended: To take any medication past its expiration date due to decreases efficacy. ...Read more

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What will happen if I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for more than the 2 days it recommends?

Aspirin Toxicity: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause some Aspirin like effects such as easy bleeding or bruising (though this is quite rare), ringing of the ears, and eventual stomach irritation.
Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) will turn your stools black and can do the same to your tongue as well. The warning is on there because ongoing diarrhea is a sign you should seek medical attention and not continue simply taking over the counter medicine. ...Read more

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I have pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) from 2012, that was the expiration date. Is it still good to use now?

No, I'd replace it: Unfortunately 4 years is probably too long; unless the bottle has an expiration date sometime in the future, I'd get a new one (-: ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for more than the 2 days it recommends?

Black stool: Most likely, you will develop black stool. But if you are taking it for more than a few days, see your doctor to find out what is wrong. ...Read more

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I've been taking 15mL of pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) everyday for five days now. Is that bad? Should I stop? What happens if I continue?

I've been taking 15mL of pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) everyday for five days now. Is that bad? Should I stop? What happens if I continue?

Well...: It isn't horrible, but pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) contains salicylate (aspirin) so you can get ringing of your ears, vertigo. Long term use also can make your tongue black and your stools grayish black. (It goes away when you stop taking it) I'm more concerned about why you need to take it for 5 days. Pepto is really for a short term illness, not long term use. It may be time to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any serious downsides to taking expired pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)? The expiration date says October 2015 and it is November 9th

No: It is probably just as good today as it was last month. Expiration dates are generally somewhat arbitrary and most medicines are still safe and effective for several months after the expiration date. Sometimes they may lose some potency over time but, from my understanding of the main ingredient in Pepto Bismol, bismuth subsalicylate, it should be perfectly fine to take it today. ...Read more

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I left my pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) chewable tablets in the car for about 2 hours today. It was 75 degrees out. Are they still okay to take?

I left my pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) chewable tablets in the car for about 2 hours today. It was 75 degrees out. Are they still okay to take?

NO: Pepto-bismol's active ingredient is bismuth subsalicylate; this is a chemical combination of bismuth metal & subsalicylate. Heating pepto-bismol separates the metallic portion of the salicycyate & then you absorb too much of the metal which can be toxic. If temperature is 75 outside inside the car can reach over 100. So do not use those pills. Generally never leave any medications inside a car i. ...Read more

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Dr. John Landi
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Pepto Bismol (Definition)

Pepto-Bismol is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a ...Read more


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