Bismuth subsalicylate tablets are a medication that treats occasional diarrhea. Diarrhea is loose or watery stool. It can also treat upset stomach symptoms like heartburn, indigestion and gas. You can take this medication by mouth with a glass of water.
BISMUTH SUBSALICYLATE (biz muth sub sa LIS i late) treats occasional diarrhea. It may also be used to treat the symptoms of an upset stomach including heartburn, indigestion, and gas. It belongs to a group of medications called antidiarrheals.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol
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Take this medication by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. Swallow whole. Do not crush or chew. Do not take your medication more often than directed.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed. While this medication may be used in children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medication with any of the following:
This medication may also interact with the following:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Tell your care team if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Do not treat diarrhea for more than 2 days without talking to your care team. Call your care team as soon as you can if you get a fever, or nausea and vomiting. These could be symptoms of a more serious illness.
Drink plenty of clear fluids to help prevent dehydration caused by diarrhea.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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