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Bismuth Subcitrate Potassium Side Effects
I'm taking Amoxicilin, Omeprazole, Azithromycine, bismuth subcitrate. Can I have constipation in first days and now have diarrhea?
Yes: Bismuth can cause constipation but antibiotics like amoxicillin & azithromycin often cause diarrhea because they kill much of our friendly flora as well as unfriendly bacteria like H. pylori. I advise all my patients to take probiotics like Sacchromyces bouardii & lactobacillus acidophilus & bifidus while taking antibiotics & for a few weeks after to prevent & reverse diarrhea from antibiotics. ...Read more
Not advised: In general, bismuth products are not used by themselves to heal ulcers or gastritis, but are useful primarily to help symptoms. Other medications, which reduce stomach acid, or antibiotics to treat H. Pylori, if present, are more likely to heal ulcers or gastritis. If you have chronic upper G.I. symptoms, I would see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
I'm taking Bismuth Subcitrate but I still have a very very soft stool(no liquid) Does it mean that I have diarrhea and it is not responding to cure?
Bismuth subcitrate: If you are taking this alone it should not be causing a change in your stools, except they may become black. Some pills of bismuth subcitrate are combined with antibiotics like metronidazole and doxycycline and this may definitely cause change in stools. Soft stools are not, however, diarrhea. You might want to check what you are taking, why, and for how long. Good luck. ...Read more
Took bismuth subcitrate (Pepto like) for 4 days. 5 bowel movements and dark stools 6 days later. Is that normal?
Im on helidac (bismuth subsalicylate metronidazole and tetracycline) therapy for h-pylori. Side effects are real bad, will they last?
Helidac (bismuth subsalicylate metronidazole and tetracycline) therapy: The side effects will go away once you have finished the course of treatment. ...Read more
Diagnosed with chronic non-atrophic gastritis H. Pyori +. Is this combination of meds OK?: bismuth potassium citrate/ tinidazole/ clarithromycin.
H pylori regimens: We often use a combination of 3-4 medications for various 7-14d to treat H pylori infections (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3449761/table/t1-ceg-5-151/). There are some concerns for clarithromycin resistance. Don't consume alcohol while taking Metronidazole. While your regimen is "ok", it doesn't appear to match standard of care nor include proton pump inhibitor. ...Read more
I am taking amoxycillin 500 mg + clavulanate potassium usp 125 mg tablets for a throat infection. Can i take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) liquid while i am on this?
Here are some...: You may ask your prescribing doctor for specific answer to your concern or try taking this antibiotics and pepto-bismol liquid in 3 hours apart so to benefit from the intended effects from both. Nonetheless, certain side effects may occur in certain people from taking certain drugs; no doctor can predict such. So, report suspected side effects to your doctor. Best wish to your health... ...Read more
Heart is in danger : Most of the k+ in the body is inside the cells. While in the uterus, placenta works to support fetal vital organs (gas exchange, toxins excretion, etc.) after birth newborn needs to support himself and with severe hypokalemia most of the vital organs would be in failure: heart (rhabdomyolysis & arrhythmia), kidneys, gastrointestinal (paralitic ileus), respiratory - from ascending paralysis, etc. ...Read more
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