Pepto-Bismol

Generic Name: Bismuth subsalicylate

  • Other names:

    Pepto-Bismol Original Liquid, Pepto-Bismol Cherry Liquid, Pepto-Bismol With InstaCool Peppermint Chewable Tablets, Pepto-Bismol Original Chewable Tablets, Pepto-Bismol Cherry Chewable Tablets, Pepto-Bismol Easy-to-Swallow Caplets
  • What is this medication?

    Pepto-Bismol contains an upset stomach reliever and an antidiarrheal. It is intended for relief of heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, nausea, and diarrhea. It's also intended to relieve traveler's diarrhea, as well as gas, belching, and a sense of fullness from overindulgence with food or drink.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Pepto-Bismol?

    Children and teenagers who have chicken pox or flu-like symptoms, or are recovering from them, should not use this product. If changes in behavior with nausea or vomiting occur when using this product, consult a doctor because these symptoms could be an early sign of Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

    When using this product, a temporary, but harmless darkening of the stool and/or tongue may occur.

    This product contains salicylate. Do not take Pepto-Bismol if you are allergic to salicylates, including aspirin.

    Do not use this product if you are taking other salicylate products.

    Do not use this product if you have an ulcer, bloody or black stools, or a bleeding problem.

    Stop use of this product if diarrhea lasts more than 2 days.

    Stop using this product and talk to a doctor if your symptoms get worse, diarrhea lasts more than 2 days, or ringing in the ears or loss of hearing occurs.

    Do not use this product if the imprinted shrinkband is broken or missing.

    Do not exceed 8 doses (16 Tbsp or 240 ml) in 24 hours.

    Drink plenty of clear fluids to help prevent dehydration due to diarrhea.

    Keep out of the reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a poison control center immediately.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before taking Pepto-Bismol?

    Talk to a doctor before using this product if you have a fever or mucus in the stool.

    Talk to a doctor or pharmacist before using Pepto-Bismol if you are taking any medications for anticoagulation (blood-thinning), diabetes, gout, or arthritis.

    Talk to a doctor before using this medication if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • What are the possible side effects of Pepto-Bismol?

    When you use this product, a temporary, but harmless darkening of the stool and/or tongue may occur.

    Side effects cannot always be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

  • What should I avoid while taking Pepto-Bismol?

    Do not use Pepto-Bismol if you are taking other salicylate products. Do not take more than 8 doses of this product in 24 hours.
  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Pepto-Bismol?

    If Pepto-Bismol is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Pepto-Bismol with any other medication.
  • What is the usual dosage of Pepto-Bismol?

    Adults and children 12 years: If taking the liquid, shake well before using. Use the dose cup for accurate dosing. Take 1 dose of liquid (2 tablespoons, which is 30 milliliters) every 1/2 to 1 hour as needed. Do not exceed 8 doses of liquid (which would be 16 tablespoons or 240 milliliters) in a 24-hour period. Use until diarrhea stops, but not for more than 2 days.

    If taking the chewable tablets, chew or dissolve them in your mouth. Take 2 tablets every 1/2 to 1 hour as needed. Do not take more than 8 doses (16 tablets) in a 24-hour period. Use until diarrhea stops, but not for more than 2 days.

    If taking the caplets, swallow with water. Do not chew. Take 2 caplets every 1/2 to 1 hour as needed. Do not take more than 8 doses (16 caplets) in a 24-hour period. Use until diarrhea stops, but not for more than 2 days.

    Children <12 years: Ask a doctor

  • How should I store Pepto-Bismol?

    Store at room temperature. Protect the liquid from freezing. Protect all of the Pepto-Bismol products from excessive heat.