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Dirreah and vomiting for 24 hrs Vomiting subsided. Will the surgery still happen. Tried pepto?

Dirreah and vomiting for 24 hrs Vomiting subsided. Will the surgery still happen. Tried pepto?

Need more info: Its not clear to me, but it sounds like you may have an elective surgery upcoming. If so, with your symptoms, you should let your surgeon know so that pre-emptive decisions can be made to make sure you are not placed at any undue risk. ...Read more

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Pepto Bismol (Definition)

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


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To take prilosec, pepto bismal, and aciphex (rabeprazole) for my acidic stomach. Howeverit doesnnausea. Are these normal side-effects of surgery?

To take prilosec, pepto bismal, and aciphex (rabeprazole) for my acidic stomach. Howeverit doesnnausea. Are these normal side-effects of surgery?

Surgery?: Are you talking about cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery), I am assuming this is the case because usually it is followed by post-cholecystectomy syndrome, taking such medications for acidity indicates there is something serious needs to be taking care of with possibility of gastric ulcer. ...Read more

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I took Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) 4 doses 15 MLS without shaking it 1 st. Can this be harmful. I am having surgery for blood vessel removal on my gum on Tues.

I took Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) 4 doses 15 MLS without shaking it 1 st. Can this be harmful. I am having surgery for blood vessel removal on my gum on Tues.

No: Pepto doesn't really get absorbed into system. It will likely make some if u'r stool look dark though so don't be alarmed. Good luck with surgery! ...Read more

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Are there any OTC medications that can be taken for upset stomach and hearburn after bariatric surgery? Pepto-bismo?

Are there any OTC medications that can be taken for upset stomach and hearburn after bariatric surgery? Pepto-bismo?

Several: You could try prosec otc (a ppi), or an h2 blocker like zantac (ranitidine) or Pepcid (both otc) and for immediate relief Tums usually works well. Or pepto would be fine too. ...Read more

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My daughter had surgery when she was born she is now 5 to have her stomach twisted can this be reversed she has a stomach virus now and is not able to throw up her stomach is hurting could this be the reason. I have given her pepto bismol

My daughter had surgery when she was born she is now 5 to have her stomach twisted can this be reversed she has a stomach virus now and is not able to throw up her stomach is hurting could this be the reason. I have given her pepto bismol

If: If your child has had prior abdominal surgery, and now has pain, then it would be reasonable to discuss her symptoms with your pediatrician. They would want to follow her closely given her past medical history, especially if she has pain, vomiting, fever, or other complaints. ...Read more

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Immodium seems to help with chronic diarrhea after surgery. However, it appears to cause severe bloating. Would pepto bismal help with bloating?

Immodium seems to help with chronic diarrhea after surgery. However, it appears to cause severe bloating. Would pepto bismal help with bloating?

Assess your diet: Imodium (loperamide) is a motility modifier. It takes the number of squeeze messages in the gut & slows them down, so things are pushed along slower. If you are bloating, it is likely this effects how the gas your digestion makes moves along in the same way. You need to reduce gas producing foods in your diet (like cauliflower, beans) & take a probiotic to alter your gas production. Pepto may have a placebo effect ...Read more

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I have pepto bishop tablets that expired 02/14.... Will anything bad happen if I take them now?

I have pepto bishop tablets that expired 02/14.... Will anything bad happen if I take them now?

Not usually: Pepto-Bismol is usually fine to take when it's expired for a couple of years unless of course you're allergic to it ...Read more

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2 tablets of pepto-bismal equals to how much in liquid form?

2 tablets of pepto-bismal equals to how much in liquid form?

Can't compare: The tablet and liquid formula do not have comparison data. The way to use it properly is to follow the directions on the bottle. Liquids coat the stomach faster than tablets.
It should list amounts for the age group your in, and what you are using it for. ...Read more

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Would it be bad if I took expired pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets? ?

No: No, its ok as long as it's not significantly (like 6 months or more) past expiration. The only problem at that point is potency and theoretical breakdown of the ingredients. However, it usually wouldn't cause any minor harm and definitely not serious harm. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets to start working?

How long does it take for Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets to start working?

Usually 20-30 min: For most people it takes effect within the hour. If your symptoms persist after taking the medication I would follow up with your PCP to make sure nothing else going on ...Read more

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I left my pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) chewable tablets in the car for about 2 hours today. It was 75 degrees out. Are they still okay to take?

I left my pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) chewable tablets in the car for about 2 hours today. It was 75 degrees out. Are they still okay to take?

NO: Pepto-bismol's active ingredient is bismuth subsalicylate; this is a chemical combination of bismuth metal & subsalicylate. Heating pepto-bismol separates the metallic portion of the salicycyate & then you absorb too much of the metal which can be toxic. If temperature is 75 outside inside the car can reach over 100. So do not use those pills. Generally never leave any medications inside a car i. ...Read more

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My 3 year old ate 2 pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets. She's 25 lbs what should I do.

My 3 year old ate 2 pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets. She's 25 lbs what should I do.

Ingestion of <150 mg: Per kilogram of body weight usually produces no toxicity or mild toxicity. If you are absolutely certain that she ate no more than 2 adult chewable tablets of Pepto-Bismol, she will probably be okay. If not certain, take her to a hospital-based pediatric ER where a plasma salicylate concentration can be determined. Keep all prescription, OTC, herbal & other drugs out of the reach of children. ...Read more

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My 45lb 3 year old just ate 3 chewable pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets. Should I be worried? Its been about half an hour an he isn't showing any kind of reaction.

RX UNLIKELY: Peptobismal generally well tolerated. 3 tabs still a low dose. It may cause ringing in the ears and dark BM. SEEK evaluation of any other issues develop ...Read more

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Can 1 tablet of pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) cause constipation?

Not anticipated w 1: Tab. Pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) is used to treat diarrhea, nausea, heartburn ; indigestion. However, pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can cause constipation in children. ...Read more

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I've been vomiting and having diarrhea for a few hours. If I take pepto bismal tablets, how long do I have to keep them down for it to work?

I've been vomiting and having diarrhea for a few hours. If I take pepto bismal tablets, how long do I have to keep them down for it to work?

See a doctor: What's concerning more is vomiting and inability to keep things down, you may get dehydrated easily, try clear water /fluids, to help replace fluid loss, till seen by your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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May I take a pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) 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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Are Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets as effective as the liquid form? How does it work? Do you have any recommendations for other things to try to alleviate nausea? Thanks!

Are Pepto Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets as effective as the liquid form? How does it work? Do you have any recommendations for other things to try to alleviate nausea? Thanks!

They do: They do, the crushing tablet are as effective as the liquid form.

they worked by coating the stomach with it and minimize irritation,

patient with nausea should eat saltines crackers, drink ginger ale, sprite, Canada dry, and refrain from food, and stay hydrated as much as possible.

if could not keep fluid down, and vomiting started, then need to seek a medical attention. ...Read more

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Safe to take Zantac, pepto-bismol tablets, or Pepcid after an alka seltzer?

Safe to take Zantac, pepto-bismol tablets, or Pepcid after an alka seltzer?

Safe: I see no interaction problems taking these medications except that zantac and pepcid are basically the same type of medication and it is unnecessary to take them together. Your pharmacist can be helpful in answering questions about medications. ...Read more

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I had diarrhea 5days ago, I took a total of 6 tablets pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). I just now realized I'm supposed to have my menstruation oct11. is it for fetus?

I had diarrhea 5days ago, I took a total of 6 tablets pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate). I just now realized I'm supposed to have my menstruation oct11. is it for fetus?

Have u been checked?: Bowel changes/pain can be caused by lots of things & may indeed originate outside the GI tract. Further evaluation is in order before anyone can answer "what to do." Your doctor will want to re-examine you as well as know the quality, timing, duration, exact location, &associations (eating, position, activity, stooling, urinating). Best 1st check a home pregnancy test at this point to be sure. ...Read more

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Nausea started on sunday then dry heaves for about 4 hours. Thought is might be an intestinal virus. What's going on? I have chewd pepto tablets, eaten soda crackers, drank 7-up, hot tea and had soup. I have keept everything down. My stomach hurts I

Nausea started on sunday then dry heaves for about 4 hours. Thought is might be an intestinal virus. What's going on? I have chewd pepto tablets, eaten soda crackers, drank 7-up, hot tea and had soup. I have keept everything down. My stomach hurts I

Hello.: Hello. I can't diagnose your condition. But it could be a viral gastroenteritis.
Water is very important, even if you can only tolerate sipping it slowly. Stay away from acidic beverages (like tomato or orange juice) and caffiene (like cola or coffee). Clear beverages may be helpful for 12 to 24 hours. Try eating a small amount of crystalized ginger. Or make a ginger tea. Slice fresh ginger and place in a tea pot. Pour boiling water over it and allow it to steep for at least five minutes or longer. You can lightly sweeten with honey if desired. This is a chinese remedy that has been used for hundreds of years.
When you add in solids, avoid things like meats, dairy products and fibrous vegetables as well as spicy or highly fatty foods. Your pain may be from dry heaves. You have not mentioned bowel movements. Hopefully, you are having them. If this does not remit in the next few days, recommend that you speak with your doctor. Should you develop severe abdominal pain, you needs to be seen more urgently. I hope you feel better soon. Take care. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor. How are you? I have a few pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets that expired one year ago. I have a really bad stomach ache. Is it safe to take a pill?

Hello Doctor. How are you? I have a few pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) tablets that expired one year ago. I have a really bad stomach ache. Is it safe to take a pill?

Would use new: Generally good policy not to take expired medications, and I would get fresh antacids, or even try household baking soda if you feel this is from stomach acid. If recurrent, see MD. Ulcers (? aspirin/motrin), infection (e.g. H pylori), gall stones, etc may need to be considered. Seek MD esp if red flags eg increasing nausea/vomit, blood/melena (black stools), anemia, weight loss, fever ...Read more