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Is it okay to take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for nausea and diarrhea and aspirin for fever?

Is it okay to take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for nausea and diarrhea and aspirin for fever?

Fluids/Tylenol/Pepto: First of all you need fluids and if you are vomiting what you drink you may have to consult doctor to take something to stop the vomiting or IV fluids to prevent dehydration.You may take tylenol (acetaminophen) for temp, pepto bismol though can be taken for mild cases but immodium is a better choice.But if you have high temperature you may need stool culture to rule out salmonela, schigela, e coli or another GI infe. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Is Imodium easier on the stomach than Pepto Bismol, since Pepto contains Salycilates?

Is Imodium easier on the stomach than Pepto Bismol, since Pepto contains Salycilates?

??-Pepto: Bismuth subsalicylate, sold under the brand name Pepto-Bismol, is an antacid medication used to treat temporary discomforts of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, such as diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn and nausea. Commonly known as pink bismuth, it is also sometimes the active ingredient in Kaopectate. ...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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Kaopectate vs imodium (loperamide) which is better?

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Kaopectate vs imodium (loperamide) which is better?

Anti-diarrheal meds: Depends on the individual and the situation. With heart-burn like symptoms, kaopectate is good at coating the upper intestinal tract - equivalent to pepto-bismul. Imodium (loperamide) is a synthetic anti-diarrheal medicine. If you're having diarrhea from a virus or soiled food etc, let the diarrhea pass without taking meds - drink plenty of fluids / hydrate. If chronic of on-going, see a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) good for food posioning?

Is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) 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 (bismuth subsalicylate) 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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Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, (loperamide) or kaopectate?

Which of the follow is most effective: pepto bismol, imodium, (loperamide) or kaopectate?

Effective at which?: Kaopectate basically is pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). Both have bismuth salicylic acid which may have some antibacterial properties. Both are Aspirin products though and cannot be given to children or pregnant women or those otherwise intolerant of aspirin. Immodium does not treat the root cause of the diarrhea but has great stopping power. It wins. ...Read more

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Is imodium (loperamide) good for acid in tummy?

Is imodium (loperamide) good for acid in tummy?

Imodium (loperamide) not for acid: Imodium (loperamide) is an opiod (narcotic) antagonist. It is designed to help decrease the contractions of the muscles of the stomach, intestine and colon. It does not decrease stomach acid. In fact, it might make acid reflux worse by make the stomach worse less. ...Read more

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Can you take imodium (loperamide) and lomotil for antibiotic related diarrhea?

Can you take imodium (loperamide) and lomotil for antibiotic related diarrhea?

Yes: The shape of the Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) molecule is similar to opioid molecules, and thus sits on the same receptors. All opiods slow bowels, and thus treat diarrhea, no matter the cause. ...Read more

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What will happen if I take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for more than the 2 days it recommends?

Aspirin Toxicity: Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause some Aspirin like effects such as easy bleeding or bruising (though this is quite rare), ringing of the ears, and eventual stomach irritation. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) will turn your stools black and can do the same to your tongue as well. The warning is on there because ongoing diarrhea is a sign you should seek medical attention and not continue simply taking over the counter medicine. ...Read more

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My stomach hurts after eating. Is it better to take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or an antacid?

My stomach hurts after eating. Is it better to take pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or an antacid?

Antacid better: Personally I have never been fond of Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) mainly due to its annoying side effect of making your stools turn black which can be alarming for some people. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to use pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

Is it safe for me to use pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)?

Generally yes.: Apart from Aspirin hypersensitivity, the only major issues with normal doses are discolored (black) stools, potential constipation (it is used for diarrhea). ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Imodium (Definition)

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