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<h2>What is Pepto Bismol</h2> <p>Pepto-Bismol is used to treat an upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion and nausea. Signs include belching&nbsp;and the feeling of fullness. The active ingredient is known as bismuth subsalicylate. It belongs to the drug class known as salicylates.</p> <h3>How effective is Pepto Bismol?</h3> <p>Pepto-Bismol has been scientifically tested and proven to be highly effective in treating diarrhoea and other stomach conditions. It is a licensed drug rather than a supplement, and it is helping people to manage upset stomach conditions if used as directed.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Can I buy Pepto Bismol online?</h2> <p>Pepto Bismol does not require a prescription, although you are very welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how best to use this product. It can be purchased in 120ml or 240ml bottles and can be sent directly to you by Next Day Delivery.</p> <h3>How does Pepto Bismol work?</h3> <p>Pepto-Bismol is thought to treat diarrhea by:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Increasing the amount of fluid your intestines absorb</p> </li> <li> <p>Reducing inflammation and over-activity of your intestines</p> </li> <li> <p>Preventing your body&rsquo;s release of a chemical called prostaglandin that causes inflammation</p> </li> <li> <p>Blocking toxins produced by bacteria such as E. coli</p> </li> <li> <p>Killing other bacteria that cause diarrhea&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> <p>The active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate, also has antacid properties that can help to decrease heartburn, nausea and upset stomach.</p>

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What is Pepto Bismol

Pepto-Bismol is used to treat an upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion and nausea. Signs include belching and the feeling of fullness. The active ingredient is known as bismuth subsalicylate. It belongs to the drug class known as salicylates.

How effective is Pepto Bismol?

Pepto-Bismol has been scientifically tested and proven to be highly effective in treating diarrhoea and other stomach conditions. It is a licensed drug rather than a supplement, and it is helping people to manage upset stomach conditions if used as directed. 

Can I buy Pepto Bismol online?

Pepto Bismol does not require a prescription, although you are very welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how best to use this product. It can be purchased in 120ml or 240ml bottles and can be sent directly to you by Next Day Delivery.

How does Pepto Bismol work?

Pepto-Bismol is thought to treat diarrhea by:

  • Increasing the amount of fluid your intestines absorb

  • Reducing inflammation and over-activity of your intestines

  • Preventing your body’s release of a chemical called prostaglandin that causes inflammation

  • Blocking toxins produced by bacteria such as E. coli

  • Killing other bacteria that cause diarrhea 

The active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate, also has antacid properties that can help to decrease heartburn, nausea and upset stomach.

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How should I take Pepto Bismol?

If you are going to take the Pepto-Bismol, then the following instructions must be followed:

The original liquid Pepto Bismol includes 30 milliliter (ml) cup, that is, one dose, thus delivering 525 milligrams of bismuth subsalicylate. The usual recommendations for taking Pepto-Bismol are:

  • One 30 ml dose every 30 minutes as required for the stomach upset, indigestion, nausea and heartburn.

  • One 30 ml dose every 30 minutes or two doses every hour for diarrhea or the traveler’s diarrhea.

It is also warned not to take more than 8 doses in time of 24 hours.

Side effects

Like all other medicines, Pepto-Bismol does have side effects that are as the following:

Common side effects of Pepto-Bismol are:

  • Black, hairy tongue

  • Black stool

Pepto-Bismol contains the substance bismuth. When this substance gets mixed with sulfur, then another substance is formed, which is called bismuth sulfide. This substance is black in color. When it forms in the digestive tract, it gets mixed with the food as one digests it. So this makes the stool black. 

  • Ringing in the ears is an uncommon and serious side effect of the Pepto-Bismol. If you feel this, then stop taking the Pepto-Bismol and consult your physician.

These side effects are quite harmless. All of the above effects are temporary and can be reduced within a few days after the intake of Pepto-Bismol has stopped.

When shouldn’t I take Pepto Bismol?

Pepto-Bismol is usually safe for most people, but one should avoid it if he or she have some health conditions. Pepto-Bismol can make those health conditions worse. It must not be taken if you:

  • have a bleeding or an active ulcer

  • are allergic to the salicylates that, includes NSAIDs or aspirin like naproxen, celecoxib and ibuprofen

  • are a teenager that is recovering from flu or chickenpox

  • have a kidney problem

Bismuth salicylates can also cause many problems for people with other medical conditions. Before taking this product, consult your physician or doctor.

Can children use Pepto Bismol?

Pepto Bismol is suitable for adults and children over the age of 16 years old.

Can everyone use Pepto Bismol?

Although Pepto Bismol is generally a safe medicine. It is not suitable for everyone to use. You should not use Pepto Bismol if you have any of the following:

  • An allergy to aspirin
  • Problems with blood clotting
  • Diabetes
  • Gout
  • Phenylketonuria
  • Allergy to amaranth

Does using Pepto Bismol cause dehydration?

There is a chance that using Pepto Bismol may cause dehydration, it is vital that you drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Pepto Bismol?

You should not use Pepto Bismol if you are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding.

Can I take other medication while using Pepto Bismol?

Pepto Bismol contains salicylates which have the possibility to interfere with other medicines. You should not combine Pepto Bismol with any of the following medicines:

  • Blood thinners
  • Medicines for the treatment of diabetes
  • Medicine for the treatment of gout
  • Doxycycline or minocycline

Can I take other painkillers with Pepto Bismol?

It is safe to take paracetamol at the same time as Pepto Bismol. However you must not combine Pepto Bismol with any other painkiller such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Can I combine other medicines for the treatment of indigestion with Pepto Bismol?

It is important that you consult with a GP or pharmacist before combining different drugs with Pepto Bismol. This is because a combination of drugs has the possibility to interfere with one another and cause harmful side effects.

Does using Pepto Bismol affect my fertility?

There is no evidence to suggest that using Pepto Bismol affects one’s fertility.

Does using Pepto Bismol affect my contraception?

Although using Pepto Bismol does not directly impact contraception, however if you experience diarrhoea the contraceptive pill may be ineffective.

Can I drink alcohol while using Pepto Bismol?

Although alcohol does not interfere with Pepto Bismol itself, it may result in your stomach producing more acid.

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