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Does Pepto Bismol Cause 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
Hi. I am currently taking 30ml 4x a day of Pepto bismol for a duration of 14 days; i.e 525ml of the heavy metal med. This is my eighth day, and I have been constipated since day 1. Am I at risk for toxicity if I carry on? Especially due to constipati
Why are you taking:
Pepto-Bismol. Pepto is usually used to treat diarrhea and you are constipated. So quit taking it.
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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
Can C diff cause appendicitis? Does Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) effect testing of C diff?
How to stop feeling nausea if caused by gastritis? I took Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and did not work.
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 have just woken up from hot flashes caused by diahrea. I have taken pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Is there any other remedies I could use so I can get some sleep?
If you take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) everyday for a month, can it eventually cause malabsorption and loose/soft stool?
Nuclear bone scan: can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) cause false positive results? False negative results? How likely @ just normal dose pepto (~1000 mg over 2 hours)?
Yes: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) contains bismuth which can block the gamma ray photons which form the bone scan image. As a result bones of the lumbar spine or pelvis can show areas of diminished activity (cold spots) on images acquired from the front (anterior) due to bismuth in the bowel. Routine instructions advise against taking pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for a week before the bone scan. ...Read more
My daughter took 2 pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) chewable tablets at about 1130pm Thursday night. Today her stools are black. Could it still be caused by the medicine?
Yes: Pepto-Bismol is well known for causing black stools. This is of no concern. Her stool will return to normal within a day or two. ...Read more
Not likely.: It is often given to cure exactly the symptoms you describe. The reason you took it? Could this be the source of your symptoms? ...Read more
Is it safe to take Zantac (ranitidine) or pepto bismol to help with heartburn caused by taking clindamycin? I have no other side effects at the moment.
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
Yes: But if you see black stool and have not taken pepto recently, this should be evaluated by a GI doctor. ...Read more
I heard that pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause black stool is this true and should you see a doctor for this?
Yes: If you have taken bismuth then a black stool calls for no special attention ...Read more
My oxycodone gives me heart burn and causes nausea. Is it safe to take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)? I've read that it can have harmful effects.
I get spasms from IBS causing constipation. Bentyl (dicyclomine) stops that allowing me to poop but it makes me very irritable. Will Pepto Bismol work instead?
Not likely: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) is not indicated for abdominal spasms or constipation. If you are having pain with the spasm it may help alleviate that;however, I do not think it will stop the spasms per se. If it does help. ..great! I would be cautious in the amount of Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) you take as it contains salicylate which can be toxic if taken more than recommended. ...Read more
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
Yes you can: No interactions. Good that you asked always exercise caution with multiple medications especially if you are on anxiolytics/antipsychotics, anticoagulants or antibiotics, best wishes ...Read more
Before.: One hour to 30m before, so it can protect your stomach. Diluted out after a meal. ...Read more
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
Hi, the pepto-bismol liquid medicine I have says the expiration date is 09/15. Should I still drink it?
Yes: It will not do any harm to take it. ...Read more
Similar drugs: The active ingredient in pepto, bismuth subsalicylate, is chemically very similar to Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). Taking the two together could increase your risk for side effects like bleeding in your stomach. This is especially true if you have clotting problems like von willibrand factor deficiency. ...Read more
?? -Pepto: Bismuth subsalicylate, sold under the brand name Pepto-Bismol, is an antacid medication used to treat temporary discomforts of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, such as diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn and nausea. Commonly known as pink bismuth, it is also sometimes the active ingredient in Kaopectate. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with lymphosytic colitis in january and given immudium and pepto-bismol with no help. Any other suggestions?
Budesonide or: Others. Follow up with your gastroenterologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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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