Bismuth Subsalicylate (By mouth)
Antacid, Bismuth Containing, Antidiarrheal (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Bismuth subsalicylate is used to treat diarrhea in adults and teenagers. It is also used to relieve the symptoms of an upset stomach, such as heartburn, indigestion, and nausea in adults and teenagers.
This medicine is available without a prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Tablet, Chewable Tablet, Liquid
Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
This medicine is not for long-term use.
Chewable tablet: Chew the tablet thoroughly before you swallow it. You may also let the tablet melt slowly in your mouth.
Tablet: Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water. Do not chew, crush, or break it.
Liquid: Shake well before use. Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
The liquid medicine may be kept in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Do not use this medicine if you are also using another salicylate medicine, such as aspirin.
Some medicines can affect how bismuth works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:Arthritis medicine Blood thinner medicine, such as warfarin Diabetes medicine Gout medicine
When Not To Use
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have diabetes, gout, arthritis, or bloody or black stools.
Do not give this medicine to a child or teenager who has chicken pox or symptoms of a virus or the flu, unless your doctor has told you to. This medicine may cause a rare but serious illness called Reye syndrome.
This medicine can cause diarrhea. Call your doctor if the diarrhea becomes severe, does not stop, or is bloody. Do not take any medicine to stop diarrhea until you have talked to your doctor. Diarrhea can occur 2 months or more after you stop taking this medicine.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse. If you still have diarrhea after you have been using this medicine for 2 days, stop using it and call your doctor.
Your tongue or stools may become dark when you use this medicine. This is only temporary and will not hurt you. Ask your doctor about this if you have any concerns.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Behavior changes along with nausea and vomiting (in children or teenagers)
Rectal bleeding, blood or mucus in your stools
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Bismatrol, Bismuth Extra Strength, Bismuth Original Formula, Compliments Bismuth – Regular Strength, Diotame, Diotame InstyDose, Diotame Stomach Relief, Good Neighbor Pharmacy K-Pec, Good Neighbor Pharmacy Stomach Relief, Good Sense Stomach Relief, Kao-Tin, Kaopectate, Kaopectate Children’s, Kapectolin, Kola-Pectin, Peptic Relief, Pepto Bismol, Pepto Bismol Max, Pepto-Bismol, Pepto-Bismol InstaCool, Pepto-Bismol To-Go, Stomach Relief – Regular Formula, Up & Up Bismuth – Regular Strength, Up & Up Extra Strength Bismuth
There may be other brand names for this medicine.