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Doctor insights on: Can You Use Pepto Bismol After The Expiration Date

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Pepto Bismol (Definition)

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


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

Are there any serious downsides to taking expired pepto bismol? 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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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 pepto bismol cause permanent or temporary tinnitus after a 30ml dose?

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

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May I take a pepto bismol tablets an hour after I had taken Garlic Echinacea? I have some nausea.

Stop self-treating!: Nausea may be GI-related (food poisoning, peptic disease, gastroparesis, due to biliary & pancreatic disease, gas/bloat syndrome, small bowel problems). Consider "central" causes: motion sickness, vertigo, migraine headache, brain problems (some very serious). Also, rule out infection (? urinary tract), medication side effects, pregnancy, & even reaction to stress. Find & treat the cause--see doc. ...Read more

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Pepto bismol before meal or after meal?

Depends: Timing of peptobismol is more dependent on the reason for taking it. If you are using it to treat upset stomach then it should be taken at time of symptoms. ...Read more

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