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Doctor insights on: Can You Take Pepto Bismol While On Antibiotics

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Can you take pepto bismal with antibiotic for travelers diarrhea?

Can you take pepto bismal with antibiotic for travelers diarrhea?

When appropriate:: With travel to places where bacterial diarrhea is common. For viral diarrhea, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) alone is better. ...Read more

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Can I take pepto bismol while taking coumadin (warfarin)?

Can I take pepto bismol while taking coumadin (warfarin)?

May interfere: Absorption, including some antacids may bind and prevent absorption of Coumadin (warfarin) loose effectiveness, speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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If you take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) everyday for a month, can it eventually cause malabsorption and loose/soft stool?

Possibly: Overdose of pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause diarrhea. Please hold it and consult with your doctor of why you're taking it everyday and what alternative treatment might help your condition. ...Read more

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If you take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) everyday for a month, could it eventually cause. Malabsorption and soft/loose stool?

If you take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) everyday for a month, could it eventually cause. Malabsorption and soft/loose stool?

Maybe, why do it?: Pepto also has bismuth in it, which should not be taken in excess. If you are self-treating ongoing GI symptoms, should see a Dr for evaluation and treatment recommendation. ...Read more

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Can pepto bismal mess up antibiotics?

Can pepto bismal mess up antibiotics?

See below: The only antibiotic that I found that interacts with pepto is the tetracycline family and the interaction is reduced efficacy of the antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can I take pepcid ac and pepto bismol together?

Can I take pepcid ac and pepto bismol together?

Should be ok if...: If a person had no problems taking Pepcid AC in the recent past for some medical condition, and separately had no problem taking Pepto-Bismol in the recent past, then she should be ok taking the medications at the same time. If worried, she can ask her doctor who prescribed the medications. Sometimes, a brand name (such as Pepto-Bismol) changes its ingredients as the years go by. ...Read more

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Is pepto bismol safe to, take with zantac (ranitidine)?

Considered safe: There is generally no evidence of adverse reactions when taking pepto bismol with zantac (ranitidine). Consult with your doctor as always. ...Read more

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Is it better to take pepto-bismol before or after meals?

Before.: One hour to 30m before, so it can protect your stomach. Diluted out after a meal. ...Read more

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Can I take Pepcid (famotidine) and pepto bismol together?

Drug interaction: You certainly can. However, it is possible that, taken too closely, the absorption of Pepcid (famotidine) might be decreased. So, space the dosing interval. ...Read more

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Can I take Zofran (ondansetron) and pepto bismol together?

Can I take Zofran (ondansetron) and pepto bismol together?

Should be fine: The zofran (ondansetron) is for nausea and vomiting and you should wait at least 1/2 hour after using it in the disolvable form before using the pepto ...Read more

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I have pepto-bismol which has been expired since 11/2015 is it still fine to take for nausea?

I have pepto-bismol which has been expired since 11/2015 is it still fine to take for nausea?

Not a problem: The ingredients will be insufficiently changed from that expiration date to make a difference. You can take this and get the desired effect without worry. ...Read more

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Pepto bismol bottle says do not take with ulcer...why?

Salycilate: Pepto contains bismuth subsalycilate. Aspirin is also a salycilate. Because they both have that in them, it was assumed (a long time ago) that it might cause more bleeding, but that has never been proven. Pepto also turns the stool black. Ulcer bleeding can also turn the stool black. So, pepto covers up an important sign of bleeding ulcer complacation. Single use not bad, chronic use not good ...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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If you took pepto bismol can you take imodium (loperamide) the same day?

Pepto + Imodium (loperamide): This should be no problem and often these two drugs are prescribed together. I would recommend that you space each drug as far apart from the other drug as possible. This way the pepto bismol will not interfere with the system absorption of the imodium (loperamide). ...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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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

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Pepto Bismol (Definition)

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