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Should you drink pepto bismol if you have food poisoning?

Should you drink pepto bismol if you have food poisoning?

Depends: Food poisoning is due to many causes, like chemical contamination, biological toxins and infection. Pepto bismol may provide symptomatic relief but will not address the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Food Poisoning (Definition)

Food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness, is an illness coming from food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, or other substances. Anyone can be at risk, but pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic ...Read more


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I think its possible i might have food poisoning. But i don't think anything i ate can go bad. Would it be ok if i took pepto bismol or tums?

Go ahead!: Why do you think you have food poisoning? What symptoms do you have? Taking pepto or tums will not do any harm but if you have no symptoms, why do you want to take these medications. It is not a good idea to take any medication, unless it is needed. ...Read more

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Is pepto bismol good for food posioning?

Is pepto bismol good for food posioning?

It's controversial. : It used to be thought it was better to let your system 'cleanse itself ' without medication, but studies have shown this to not be true. Pepto bismol can help decrease vomiting, diarrhea, & cramping in some. Please take only as directed & avoid if you are allergic to aspirin. Stay hydrated! simple 'food poisoning' should resolve within 24-48 hrs. If not better by then, or bleeding, see a doc. ...Read more

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Im going thru food poisning and my waste has gone from a liquid to small solid amounts of pure black im taking pepto bismal?

Im going thru food poisning and my waste has gone from a liquid to small solid amounts of pure black im taking pepto bismal?

Pepto Bismol does: Cause black stools (& sometimes, even a black tongue). 'food poisoning' should end in about 24-72 hrs. If your stools remain black in a week, or if your symptoms persist, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Would pepto bismol help my nausea from a food allergy?

Would pepto bismol help my nausea from a food allergy?

Food allergies: Milk, eggs, wheat, soybeans, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts ; peanuts cause 90 % of food allergic reactions. Up to 15 million americans suffer from food allergies ; need to avoid not only certain foods but any ingredient that contains proteins derived from them. In some cases, anaphylaxis can result. See http://www.Boston.Com/lifestyle/health/blog/nutrition/2013/11/the_dangers_of_dining_out. ...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.

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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Is it okay to take an expired pepto bismol?

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 may lose some of its efficacy, but there are no other significant untoward effects. ...Read more

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Pepto Bismol (Definition)

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