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Dr. Diane Minich
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How long after the expiration date is pepto bismol safe to take?

Dr. Diane Minich
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How long after the expiration date is pepto bismol safe to take?

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

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Dr. Randy Baker
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
35 years in practice
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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

Dr. Randy Baker
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
35 years in practice
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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

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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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Can you take pepto bismol hours after taking amoxcilin?

Dr. Jon Fishburn
Board Certified, Ophthalmology
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Can you take pepto bismol hours after taking amoxcilin?

Yes: No contraindications to these two medications are reported. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Is it better to take pepto-bismol before or after meals?

Dr. Thomas Namey
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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Before.: One hour to 30m before, so it can protect your stomach. Diluted out after a meal. ...Read more

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Can pepto bismol cause permanent or temporary tinnitus after a 30ml dose?

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
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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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Dr. Robert Andrews
Board Certified, Interventional Radiology
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My son vomits 1 to 7 times a day. He does not feel sick before or after he vomits and has been doing this for several months and he has tried pepto bismol and Nexium for acid.

Dr. Robert Andrews
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Excessive : Excessive vomiting can cause a lot of problems, including electrolyte imbalances and damage to the teeth. 1-7 times per day for several months is definitely excessive. Your son needs to be evaluated by a physician. Assuming that this vomiting is not happening on purpose, he may have an obstruction in his gastrointestinal tract or a problem with the normal contractions of the stomach itself (called gastroparesis). ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Is it possible that after taking pepto bismol my stool turned black two days later.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Yes: Pepto bismal can cause stool to turn black. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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May I take a pepto bismol tablets an hour after I had taken Garlic Echinacea? I have some nausea.

Dr. Charles Cattano
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
34 years in practice
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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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Dr. Victor yang
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Pepto bismol before meal or after meal?

Dr. Victor yang
Board Certified, Gastroenterology
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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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