Daily OTC Pearl: Bismuth Subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol)

Bismuth subsalicylate comes as a liquid, tablet, or chewable tablet to treat diarrhea and the symptoms of an upset stomach.

OTC/Lifestyle Pearl of the Day: Bismuth Subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol)

Indication: Bismuth subsalicylate is used to treat diarrhea in adults and teenagers.

Insight:

  • Bismuth subsalicylate is also used to relieve the symptoms of an upset stomach, such as heartburn, indigestion, and nausea in adults and teenagers.
  • This medicine should not be used in children younger than 12 years of age.
  • In some patients, bismuth subsalicylate may cause dark tongue and/or grayish black stool. This is only temporary and will go away when use of the medication is stopped.
  • Bismuth subsalicylate comes as a liquid, tablet, or chewable tablet to be taken by mouth, with or without food.
  • Swallow the tablets whole and do not chew them.
  • Shake the liquid well before each use to mix the medication evenly.
  • Drink plenty of water or other beverages to replace fluids that may be lost while having diarrhea.
  • Dosing:
    • Shake before use.
    • Use dose cup or tablespoon.
    • For adults and children 12 years of age and older: 1 dose (30 ml or 2 TBSP) every half hour to 1 hour as needed.
    • Do not exceed 8 doses (240 ml or 16 TBSP) in 24 hours.

Sources:

Bismuth Subsalicylate (Oral Route) Description and Brand Names - Mayo Clinic

Bismuth Subsalicylate: MedlinePlus Drug Information