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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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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Dr. David Drewitz
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If I am still recovering from food poisoning but have indigestion for 24 hours is it okay to take pepto bismol? I still have minor diarrhea as well

If I am still recovering from food poisoning but have indigestion for 24 hours is it okay to take pepto bismol? I still have minor diarrhea as well

Yes...: Acute food poisoning symptoms might take up to 72 hours to resolve. There is no contraindication to taking peptobismol but be aware it might turn your feces black. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Connie Topliff
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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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Dr. Charles Cattano
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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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I ate Chinese food today which was lovely but I slightly overdid it. Now I have really uncomfortable gas pain and tummy pain can I take Pepto Bismol?

I ate Chinese food today which was lovely but I slightly overdid it. Now I have really uncomfortable gas pain and tummy pain can I take Pepto Bismol?

Chinese food and MSG: Hello Ms. Cornelius. Just recall that Chinese food may contain MSG (monosodium glutamate) which is a condiment that gives that food its taste. MSG is well known among migraineurs to be a strong food trigger so beware. Nowadays, you can request MSG free menu items. Pepto Bismol, GasX, and other OTC products are fine for bloated feelings. Just don't overdo those either. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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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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