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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Pepto Bismol (Definition)

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


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Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) cause me to have black stools as well as constipation?

Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) cause me to have black stools as well as constipation?

Yes, yes: Bismuth, the main ingredient in pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) will turn the stools black transiently and may lead to temporary constipation. Ifr the black stools continue days after use of pepto, you need to see a GI doctor to be evaluated for an upper GI source of bleeding from your stomach which will also cause the stools to be black. ...Read more

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Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) make you constipated?

Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) make you constipated?

Yes: The commonest side effects from pepto are black stool, black tongue, constipation and - if really overdone - tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Of course you are taking the pepto short-term for soemthing; if you feel the need to continue it for more than 2 weeks you should see your md. ...Read more

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Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) cause permanent or temporary tinnitus after a 30ml dose?

Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate): One solitary dose of pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) will not cause tinnitus. This product contains salicylate, so larger continuous doses could lead to tinnitus. ...Read more

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Can C diff cause appendicitis? Does Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) effect testing of C diff?

Can C diff cause appendicitis? Does Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) effect testing of C diff?

C Diff: To my knowledge there is no case report of C. Difficile causing acute appendicitis. Taking Pepto-Bismol should not have any effect on testing on the status of Clostridium Difficile infection. ...Read more

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How to stop feeling nausea if caused by gastritis? I took Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and did not work.

How to stop feeling nausea if caused by gastritis? I took Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and did not work.

Options: There are many options to treat your nausea from gastritis. Pepto is one option. You should be on an H2 blocker or a proton pump inhibitor to heal the gastritis. In addition you can try any OTC nausea med. If you have a pcp you can ask for zofran (ondansetron) as needed. ...Read more

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I've read that barium or bismuth (even pepto-bismol) can interfere with bone scan results. Do they tend to cause false positives or false negatives?

I've read that barium or bismuth (even pepto-bismol) can interfere with bone scan results.  Do they tend to cause false positives or false negatives?

Barium: If barium has been ingested prior to bone scan it can cause attenuation of photons and thus focally decreased areas of tracer uptake on bone scan. This can give a false representation of tracer distribution. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more