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For 4 days I have had hunter green stool with severe heartburn. Pepto isn't helping. Any suggestions?

For 4 days I have had hunter green stool with severe heartburn. Pepto isn't helping. Any suggestions?

See your doc: Severe heartburn can be from several causes including reflux of stomach cintents, esophagitis (inflammation), inflammation of stomach, ulcers, gallbladder/pancreas, cardiac issues, infection. Green stool after pepto may be because of the pepto-can cause dark, even black stool. Green before pepto may be diet, infection, bile related. See your doc. ...Read more

Stool Is Green (Definition)

Stool is green is a symptom in which there is more greenish color, usually from bile, in the stool. Babies can have yellowish, yellow-greenish, or greenish stools sometimes and still be normal. A person can also get greenish stools during some ...Read more


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Drunk the night before then in morning drunk pepto bismul then next day dark green stool. Is that bad?

Drunk the night before then in morning drunk pepto bismul then next day dark green stool. Is that bad?

Green isn't bad: But getting drunk can be. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) routinely turns stool a very dark green which can even look black. It can do the same to your mouth or tongue. This is totally harmless. However, drinking to where you're drunk isn't harmless, and you should consider cutting back on alcohol, especially if this is a regular occurrence. ...Read more

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Does Pepto (pink liquid) reduce acid reflux? My stomach is fine, I just feel acid in my lower neck. It gets this way when I'm having a bad GERD day.

Does Pepto (pink liquid) reduce acid reflux? My stomach is fine, I just feel acid in my lower neck. It gets this way when I'm having a bad GERD day.

Doesn't help.: Bismuth products such as Pepto-Bismol do not help with acid reflux. You might want to consider taking antacids such as Tums (calcium carbonate) or Mylanta instead of Pepto-Bismol. Also avoiding any particular foods which cause you to have acid reflux is important. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol is important too. Good luck. ...Read more

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Frequent feeling of acid in throat it burns all day long nothing help not Nexium (esomeprazole) or pepto not sure if its GERD or acid reflux have it all day long?

Frequent feeling of acid in throat it burns all day long nothing help not Nexium (esomeprazole) or pepto not sure if its GERD or acid reflux have it all day long?

Maybe not GERD...: To expand on dr. Dugan's prior answer, evaluation is key to determining if your symptoms are reflux-related or not. Also, if reflux, is it acid or non-acid material that is involved? Sometimes, "sourbrash" (as you describe) may be due to pulmonary, ent, or dental issues. If unresponsive to therapeutic dosing of nexium, (esomeprazole) then start your evaluation with the gastroenterology specialist to determine rx. ...Read more

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What helps indigestion? I already took pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and still feel uncomfortable right below the chest bone. No other gastro disease except gerd.

What helps indigestion? I already took pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and still feel uncomfortable right below the chest bone. No other gastro disease except gerd.

Indigestion relief: If the indigestion is due to gerd, avoiding fatty food, eating small frequent meals, and avoiding foods that make one feel worse may help to relieve symptoms. Proton pump inhibitors (ppis) such as Prilosec (omeprazole) or Nexium (esomeprazole) may help as well. Seeing a physician is recommended. If chest pain, shortness of breath or severe symptoms, go to the emergency room asap. ...Read more

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Can I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for my upset stomach, diahrrea, nausea etc. If I'm taking Prilosec for gerd?

Can I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for my upset stomach, diahrrea, nausea etc. If I'm taking Prilosec for gerd?

No interactions: There were no interactions found in our database between pepto-bismol maximum strength and Prilosec otc
however, this does not necessarily mean no interactions exist. Always consult with your doctor or pharmacist. ...Read more

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I've had severe indigestion problems for the past 4 hours now and I've taken pepto bismol but it isn't helping me. What do I do?

I've had severe indigestion problems for the past 4 hours now and I've taken pepto bismol but it isn't helping me. What do I do?

Heart burn: For over the counter medication I would add Mylanta and start taking Zantac. Zantac tends to help quickly but one could start with Prilosec ...Read more

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Hello my is mariea and to Walmart Monday night I had bad acid reflux is so I bought some Pepto I noticed my stool is a dark green since yesterday?

Hello my is mariea and to Walmart Monday night I had bad acid reflux is so I bought some Pepto I noticed my stool is a dark green since yesterday?

It can be...: Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause black/dark stools. I you are having persistent abdominal upset or pain visit your doctor for formal evaluation. If symptoms are gone then you should be fine. ...Read more

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I have been treated for GERD. I am now experiencing back pain all over, mostly lower. I have green or loose stools and stomach pain?

I have been treated for GERD. I am now experiencing back pain all over, mostly lower. I have green or loose stools and stomach pain?

Salt deficient: You are too young to have GERD. You need to take sea salt up to a one tsp a day. Build up a sweat and taste your perspiration on your upper part of your arm, if it does not taste salty then you are salt deficient. You can also do a sea salt flush to ensure saturation of sea salt in your body. ...Read more

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I've tried everything, tums, (calcium carbonate) pepto, anything for heart burn, its a severe pain in the middle of my chest, under my ribs. I'm so scared, help!

I've tried everything, tums, (calcium carbonate) pepto, anything for heart burn, its a severe pain in the middle of my chest, under my ribs. I'm so scared, help!

Chest pain: There are many causes of chest pain, without more information about your situation we can't advise you more than go see your doctor. If your problem is related to acid reflux we often use over the counter ranitidine or Prilosec to help. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in upper abdominal/rib cage area. Eating causes pain, heart burn, diahrea. Drinking liquids is ok. Have tried mylanta, zantac, (ranitidine) rolaids, tums, pepto...Nothing helps

Hello.: Hello. I cannot diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Many different conditions are possible. Gallstones, cholecystitis, an ulcer, gastritis, heartburn, colitis. You should see your doctor. In the mean time, eat smaller meals, avoid greasy and spicy foods, ensure that you are getting at least 8 - 8 ounce glasses of water per day. If you have severe abdominal pain with fever that isn't remitting - please get seen asap. ...Read more

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Having terrible heartburn. I take 20mg Prilosec prescribed everyday. Today its not helping. Can I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)? I've already taken my prilosec?

Needs an EGD: Persistent heartburn while on Omeprazole (prilosec) or other acid blockers needs further testing. Symptoms may be gastric or duodenal ulcers, h pylori infection, hiatal herna, esophageal erosion or ulcers, tumor causing increased acid production and rarely gastric cancer. Avoid the peptobismal and see your familydoctor. ...Read more

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I have bad stomach akes for the last 4 days I've tried pepto apple cydervinigar milk nothing helps. It just burns all the time then when I eat something its worse. Its not heartburn its more in the middle bottom of my stomach.

I have bad stomach akes for the last 4 days I've tried pepto apple cydervinigar milk nothing helps. It just burns all the time then when I eat something its worse. Its not heartburn its more in the middle bottom of my stomach.

Hello.: Hello. I can't diagnose the cause of your abdominal pain. Causes for pain that worse after eating can include: gas, acid, virus, gall bladder issues, etc. I am answering this 7 days after you wrote in. If you are still symptomatic when you read this, definitely recommend that you be evaluated to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Will I hurt my unborn child by taking pepto for heartburn?

Will I hurt my unborn child by taking pepto for heartburn?

Unknown safety: Fda labels this medication as category c which means either studies in animals have revealed adverse effects on the fetus (teratogenic or embryocidal or other) and there are no controlled studies in women, or studies in women and animals are not available. Drugs should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. You should also run it by your ob. ...Read more

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I have bad heartburn right now I took Zantac 50 and pepto are these two together mess me up or am I ok?

I have bad heartburn right now I took Zantac 50 and pepto are these two together mess me up or am I ok?

Heartburn: Zantac has a fairly rapid onset of action compared to ppi's (like prilosec, nexium) used for heartburn, but that dose may be insufficient. There is no problem taking peptobismol at the same time, but Tums or maalox may be more effective. Peptobismol may cause black discoloration of your stools. ...Read more

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Can exposure to black mold cause sever stomach cramps, watery diarrhea, heartburn and vomiting? Remolding the bathroom found lots of black mold so significant exposure. Took pepto and gasx but the cramps are getting worse

Can exposure to black mold cause sever stomach cramps, watery diarrhea, heartburn and vomiting? Remolding the bathroom found lots of black mold so significant exposure. Took pepto and gasx but the cramps are getting worse

Maybe/not: There are hundreds of dark molds and only two that are considered toxic; stachybotrys & aspergillis. Symptoms primarily effect mental & respiratory systems. You can be allergic to any mold but the symptoms would likely be different. There mold test kits you can collect & send in for analysis or pros that remove them. You likely had a gut virus that coincided with your reno. ...Read more

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How many days will the stool be black because of pepto dismal after stopping it?

How many days will the stool be black because of pepto dismal after stopping it?

5-7 days: It might last 5-7 days after you stopped it.
if it did persist after that check with your doctor, you might be 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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Hi I been having black stool and I have been drinking a lot and been taking pepto for the last few days. But I don't see aNY red and not much of a smel?

Hi I been having black stool and I have been drinking a lot and been taking pepto for the last few days. But I don't see aNY red and not much of a smel?

Define melena: Melena, by definition, is passage of dark stools stained with denatured blood. As we established in prior healthtap answers, all dark stool is not melena. Your doctor, or even an over-the-counter test that you can purchase, can check to see if your dark stool contains blood. Needed is for you to provide a sample of the dark stool. False positive results can occur based on diet & stool additives. ...Read more

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29 yr old female with gerd. Now has loose, infrequent (2-3 days) yellowish brown colour stool with incomplete evacuation bloat, gas, odor. Any causes?

29 yr old female with gerd. Now has loose, infrequent (2-3 days) yellowish brown colour stool with incomplete evacuation bloat, gas, odor. Any causes?

Many possibilities: This is unlikely to have anything to do with your gerd unless you are being treated for helicobacter pylori with antibiotics (which may touch off things like cl. Diff colitis). This may be viral, or giardia (an amoeba), or bacterial, or rarely may signal onset of inflammatory bowel disease. If it does not get better quickly (24-48 hrs) please see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I feel fine. Had a colonscopy 2 yr ago. Endoscopy 1 year ago. I take a lot of asperin headache meds. Kind of addicted to them for years. Stopped all asperin 3 days ago. Coffee grounds looking stools about 1 time a day, but not every time. I do have GERD a

I feel fine. Had a colonscopy 2 yr ago. Endoscopy 1 year ago. I take a lot of asperin headache meds. Kind of addicted to them for years. Stopped all asperin 3 days ago. Coffee grounds looking stools about 1 time a day, but not every time. I do have GERD a

Go see your doctor: When someone reports throwing up something that looks like coffee grinds, we worry about digested blood in the stomach, eg bleeding ulcer. Therefore, if you're reporting coffee grind appearance to your stool, it's a good idea to go see your family doc who can arrange for a repeat endoscopy since lots of Aspirin can lead to bleeding ulcers. Please don't wait until you feel faint & weak! ...Read more

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Took bismuth subcitrate (Pepto like) for 4 days. 5 bowel movements and dark stools 6 days later. Is that normal?

Took bismuth subcitrate (Pepto like) for 4 days. 5 bowel movements and dark stools 6 days later. Is that normal?

Yes: Pepto Bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) or bismuth can make stools loose and dark or black looking. This is a normal effect of the medication. If your stools remain dark please see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Heartburn (Definition)

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Pepto Bismol (Definition)

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