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What to do if i had pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and I have stomach flu will i get reye's syndrome ?

What to do if i had pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and I have stomach flu will i get reye's syndrome ?

No: Reye's syndrome is most often seen in children ages 4 - 13. There is no real cure for stomach flu, but don't be discouraged, it will pass in7-10 days. Drink a lot of water and rest. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I had the stomach flu and I took pepto bismal to soothe my stomach and that was a day ago and I still haven't been able to poop what should I do?

I had the stomach flu and I took pepto bismal to soothe my stomach and that was a day ago and I still haven't been able to poop what should I do?

It's alright: Drink plenty of water. Walk. If your stomach will tolerate it, eat some bran cereal or vegetables. You'll be fine soon enough. Sometimes, after a stomach virus, your bowels slow down a little for a few days. Don't worry. ...Read more

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I had the stomach flu and than took pepto to soothe he stomach and now I can't poop and am cramping?

I had the stomach flu and than took pepto to soothe he stomach and now I can't poop and am cramping?

May be fine soon: It is not unusual to have some change in bowel habits after a viral illness. It usually resolves in several days. It may help to drink plenty of water, eat a gentle diet, and consider eating more yogurt and other probiotic rich foods. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Recovering from stomach flu, still have gas and diarrhea. Will pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) help or make things worse?

Recovering from stomach flu, still have gas and diarrhea. Will pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) help or make things worse?

Diarrhea: I doubt pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) will hurt, but it will make your stool black so don't panic. I would suggest a brat diet (banana, rice, apple sauce, tea, toast) and avoid dairy for the next 2 weeks. ...Read more

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28 year old healthy female.I had a stomach bug 8 days ago. I am still having stomach cramps, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) helps but pain comes back. Any suggestions?

Gastroenterologist: Viral infections of the GI tract usually clear after a week but can leave behind an irritable bowel syndrome for a week or more. If you're having ongoing severe diarrhea with cramps, see your physician for evaluation and have your stool cultured to check for other types of infection. In the meantime follow a bland, low roughage diet with peptobismol as needed and this may make your stools black. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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