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We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on thiswe may earn a small commission. Pepto Bismol is a common over-the-counter OTC drug that may help control occasional symptoms of simple digestive issues, such as indigestion, heartburn, and diarrhea.

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Back to Medicines A to Z. Bismuth subsalicylate is the main ingredient in Pepto-Bismol. This medicine is used for heartburn and acid refluxindigestiondiarrhoea and feeling sick nausea. It works by protecting your stomach and the lower part of your food pipe from stomach acid. It is also a mild antacidwhich helps reduce excess stomach acid and eases any discomfort. Pepto-Bismol comes as tablets and a liquid that you drink. You can only buy it from pharmacies. Take our survey.

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Pepto-Bismol can be taken by most adults and young people from the age of 16 years. Pepto-Bismol is not suitable for some people. To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have:.

Pepto-bismol (bismuth subsalicylate)

Pepto-Bismol liquid and tablets both contain a colouring called amaranth. Some people can have an allergic reaction to amaranth. Only take Pepto-Bismol when you need it. You can take it for occasional heartburn, indigestion or an upset stomach. Liquid : a single dose is 30ml. Use the measuring cup that comes with the medicine to make sure you get the right amount. Tablets : a single dose is 2 tablets. Chew the tablets or let them dissolve on your tongue. If you need to, repeat this dose every 30 to 60 minutes.

Do not take more than 8 doses in 24 hours.

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If you're taking Pepto-Bismol for diarrhoea, make sure you drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Side effects may include feeling or being sick, feeling confused, dizzy or tired, deafness, or ringing or buzzing in your ears. You're unlikely to get any side effects from Pepto-Bismol if you follow the instructions for taking it. One common side effect is your poo or your tongue turning black. This is harmless. This happens when bismuth the active ingredient in this medicine comes into contact with small amounts of sulphur in your saliva and digestive system.

What are the main differences between pepto-bismol and tums?

They combine to form bismuth sulfide, a black substance. This side effect usually goes away when you stop taking the medicine. If your tongue or your poo is still black after 3 days, or after you've stopped taking Pepto-Bismol, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist. Tell your doctor or a pharmacist if you have any other side effects that bother you or do not go away.

Pepto-bismol

In rare cases, it's possible to have a serious allergic reaction anaphylaxis to Pepto-Bismol. You could be having a serious allergic reaction and may need immediate treatment in hospital. These are not all the side effects of Pepto-Bismol.

For a full list see the leaflet inside your medicines packet.

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You can report any suspected side effect to the UK safety scheme. It's best to try to treat your indigestion without taking a medicine.

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It can help to:. If this advice does not work, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist.

Pepto-bismol: what to know

They will be able to recommend the most suitable medicine for you and your baby. Pepto-Bismol contains salicylates also found in aspirin and can interfere with certain other medicines. To make sure Pepto-Bismol is safe for you, tell your doctor or a pharmacist if you are taking:. If you're taking tetracycline antibiotics, you need to leave a 2-hour gap before taking Pepto-Bismol.

It's safe to take paracetamol at the same time as Pepto-Bismol.

What to know about pepto bismol

Do not take other painkillers, like ibuprofen or aspirinwith Pepto-Bismol without talking to your doctor or pharmacist first. This could make your symptoms worse. There's very little information about taking herbal remedies and supplements with Pepto-Bismol.

For safety, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you're taking any other medicines, including herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements. The medicine forms a protective coating over the lower part of your food pipe oesophagusand partly coats your stomach. This helps protect them from stomach acid.

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It also has weak antacid properties that may help reduce excess stomach acid. This will ease feelings of pain and discomfort. Do not take Pepto-Bismol for more than 2 days as this will increase your risk of getting side effects. If your symptoms are no better or are getting worse after 2 days, contact your doctor.

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However if your symptoms are serious, it's important to speak to a doctor right away. There are a of different medicines for indigestion and heartburn. If Pepto-Bismol is not helping with your symptoms, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist. They will be able to recommend an alternative. Do not combine different medicines for indigestion without asking for expert advice.

There's no firm evidence to suggest that taking Pepto-Bismol will reduce fertility in either men or women. Pepto-Bismol does not affect any type of regular contraception including the contraceptive pill and emergency contraception.

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However, if you are on the pill and have diarrhoea for more than 24 hours, you may need to use extra contraception. Find out what to do if you are on the pill and have sickness or diarrhoea. Taking Pepto-Bismol will not usually affect your ability to drive a car or ride a bike. However, taking too much Pepto-Bismol can make you feel confused, tired or dizzy. It can also affect your hearing or cause ringing or buzzing in your ears. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive or ride a bike until you feel OK again. Alcohol does not interfere with the way Pepto-Bismol works. However, drinking alcohol makes your stomach produce more acid than normal.

This can irritate your stomach lining and make your symptoms worse. If you have diarrhoea, drinking alcohol may make you more dehydrated. It's best to avoid alcohol until your symptoms are better. Making a few changes to your diet and lifestyle may help if you have problems caused by too much stomach acid.

Pepto-bismol vs. tums: differences, similarities, and which is better for you

last reviewed: 13 August Next review due: 13 August Help us improve our website Can you answer a quick question about your visit today? Pepto-Bismol can be taken by adults over the age of 16 years. You can take it with or without food.

Speak to a doctor if your symptoms are not any better after 2 days. If you're allergic to aspirin or any of the ingredients in Pepto-Bismol check with a pharmacist before taking this medicine. This medicine is also sold under the brand name Pepti-Calm. Do not take this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have: had an allergic reaction to Pepto-Bismol, aspirin or any other medicines in the past an allergy to amaranth or aspartame a problem with blood clotting diabetes gout a rare inherited illness called phenylketonuria - the chewable tablets contain aspartame Pepto-Bismol liquid and tablets both contain a colouring called amaranth.

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