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Does pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) turn your stool black? Does it stink?

Does pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) turn your stool black? Does it stink?

Yes, it can turn: Your stool black. If you have black, tarry, foul smelling stool that would need to be checked out promptly because it can be related to GI bleeding. ...Read more

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I took pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) 2 days ago. How many days should my stool be black?

I took pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) 2 days ago. How many days should my stool be black?

Just a few: Should only stay black a handful of days. If lasting longer call your doctor who can check to make sure it is not blood. ...Read more

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Hello, I took Pepto-Bismol twice on Thursday and once on Friday, but I am still having black stools. Today is Monday. Is this normal?

Hello,  I took Pepto-Bismol twice on Thursday and once on Friday, but I am still having black stools. Today is Monday. Is this normal?

Black stools: can be indicative of poorly digested food or excess fat in your stool - most seriously, they are associated with bleeding in your gastrointestinal tract. Epigastric burning in concert with black stools warrants an evaluation by a doctor. ...Read more

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My i.B.S has been off the charts lately an in the last two weeks when i take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) it makes my stool black! im also vary sick feeling off a on?

My i.B.S has been off the charts lately an in the last two weeks when i take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) it makes my stool black! im also vary sick feeling off a on?

IBS: Ibs can go through stages of exacerbation and quiescents. During exacerbation one must rule out inciting event: dietary, stress, infectious. Stool cultures need to be obtain. If there was exposure to antibiotics, travel history or dietary indiscretion. Peptobismol can cause black stool. However one must rule out GI bleeding. Stool for hidden blood can be helpful to distinguish between two. ...Read more

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