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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

Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease (gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...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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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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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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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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What to take for long lasting indigestion, pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) gas x, and rolaids haven't worked. Has lasted for 5 days.

What to take for long lasting indigestion, pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) gas x, and rolaids haven't worked. Has lasted for 5 days.

See GI MD: 5 days is just too long for "indigestion". The possibilities are numerous but include ulcer disease and gallbladder issues for starters... ...Read more

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I feel like the pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) didn't help in any way for my indigestion and heart burn. I think my stomach hurts worse. Is there a reaction going on?

I feel like the pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) didn't help in any way for my indigestion and heart burn. I think my stomach hurts worse. Is there a reaction going on?

No, but see a doctor: Peptobismol is very safe. It would be very unusual to have a reaction to it. However, it is more likely you have a stomach problem that is not helped by the pb. Please see a doctor. ...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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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

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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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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

Symptoms: Symptoms can include coughing, headaches, problems with concentration, dizziness nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, hives, skin rashes and lethargy (just to mention a few). As your symptoms are worsening, I recommend that you stay away from the area of contamination and that you get medical help. Working with black mold requires a respirator at minimum. Black mold is very dangerous. ...Read more

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Can I give my 15 month old peptobismol? She keeps throwing up with no signs of fever or illness. We have checked food allergies, ans GERD (taking zantac (ranitidine) 2x daily). I cannot figure out what's wrong :- (

Can I give my 15 month old peptobismol? She keeps throwing up with no signs of fever or illness. We have checked food allergies, ans GERD (taking zantac (ranitidine) 2x daily). I cannot figure out what's wrong :- (

I wouldn't: Pepto has salycilates which we don't give tom kids under 16 because of an association with liver failure/death (Reye syndrome).Wet burps that do not result in problems with hydration often decrease with age as the reflux improves. If the kid is growing well. I would leave it alone. ...Read more

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Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) help c diff?

Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) help c diff?

C. diff: No. C diff is a bacteria that is colonized and proliferates rapidly causing various symptoms (most commonly diarrhea, sometimes bloody). Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) has no therapeutic value against true c. Diff infections. ...Read more

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Why should patients avoid asa while taking pepto-bismol?

Why should patients avoid asa while taking pepto-bismol?

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

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Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) help with cramps?

Yes: It can. The primary symptoms aided by Pepto-Bismol are nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea, and other temporary discomforts of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. ...Read more

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Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) interact with cialis?

Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) interact with cialis?

See below: As far as I can detect, there are no significant interactions between these two drugs per the pdr. ...Read more

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Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) make you constipated?

Can pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) make you constipated?

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

Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Pepto Bismol (Definition)

Pepto-Bismol is an anti-diarrheal agent which is a ...Read more