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Pepto Bismol Upset Stomach Reliever/Antidiarrheal Chewable Tablets – 30 ct

Reye’s syndrome: Children and teenagers who have or are recovering from chicken pox or flu-like symptoms should not use this product. When using this product, if changes in behavior with nausea and vomiting occur, consult a doctor because these symptoms could be an early sign of Reye’s syndrome, a rare but serious illness. Allergy alert: Contains salicylate. Do not take if you are allergic to salicylates (including aspirin), taking other salicylate products. Do not use if you have an ulcer, a bleeding problem, bloody or black stool. Ask a doctor before use if you have: fever, mucus in the stool. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking any drug for: anticoagulation (thinning the blood), diabetes, gout, arthritis. When using this product a temporary, but harmless, darkening of the stool and/or tongue may occur. Stop use and ask a doctor if: symptoms get worse or last more than 2 days, ringing in the ears or loss of hearing occurs, diarrhea lasts more than 2 days. If pregnant or breast feeding, ask a health professional before use. Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

Is Pepto-Bismol Safe for Dogs (Along with Other OTC Medications)?

Dogs, like people, can be afflicted with stomach problems, including indigestion, diarrhea, and gas. Although severe or prolonged symptoms should always be treated by a veterinarian, minor cases of stomach upset or diarrhea can be cared for at home with “people” medications that are safe for dogs. If symptoms persist or if you’ve never given a food or medication mentioned below to your dog, call your veterinarian.

OTC Medications Safe for Treating GI and Stomach Problems in Dogs

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) is safe to offer most dogs, but AKC’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein says he rarely recommends it because the salicylates in the medication could cause gastric bleeding, and the bismuth in the medication can turn the stool black, which may mask any resulting gastric bleeding. “If it must be given, offer no more than one or two doses after consulting with your veterinarian,” he says. Your veterinarian may instead recommend the bismuth subsalicylate product formulated for dogs, called Corrective Suspension. Dogs with bleeding disorders and dogs who are pregnant or nursing should not take any form of bismuth subsalicylate, nor should dogs taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as Rimadyl and Deramaxx. Cats should never be given bismuth subsalicylate, as it is toxic to them.

  • Pepto-Bismol Dosage For Dogs: The recommended dosage is 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds, according to Dr. Klein. It can be offered to the dog every 6-to-8 hours, but if your dog still has diarrhea after a few doses, stop the medication and call your veterinarian. Also, if you’ve never given Pepto-Bismol to your dog before, check with your veterinarian to confirm the dosage.
  • How to administer Pepto-Bismol to Dogs: Use an empty (no needle) plastic syringe to give your dog the medication. Open his mouth, place the empty syringe toward the back of the tongue and push the plunger, then hold his muzzle for a second to ensure he swallows it.

Imodium (loperamide) is another over-the-counter medication dogs can take, which also helps resolve diarrhea. Dogs with certain conditions and dogs taking certain medications should not be given Imodium, so check with your veterinarian before administering it. Cats may have a reaction to this medication—ask for veterinary guidance before offering it to a feline.

  • Imodium Dosage For Dogs: A dog can take one 2-milligram pill per 40 pounds of body weight two-to-three times a day, says Dr. Klein. Call your veterinarian first to verify dosage. Do not offer this medication for more than two days. If symptoms persist, seek veterinary care.
  • How to administer Imodium to Dogs: Give the tablet to your dog in a pill pocket (the Greenies™ brand is recommended) or wrapped in a bit of food (like cheese). Use only enough food to hide the taste of the pill or you may risk further irritating your dog’s stomach.

Pepcid (famotidine): If your pet has issues with stomach acid build-up, gastric ulcers, or other stomach- or GI-related issues, many veterinarians recommend this. Although this medication has not been FDA-approved for use in pets, it’s considered standard practice for veterinarians to recommend its use in certain dogs and cats. Contact your veterinarian before administering—it may not be recommended if your pet is pregnant or nursing or has a medical condition.

  • Pepcid Dosage for Dogs: For both dogs and cats, the dosage is one 10-milligram tablet for a 20-pound dog every 12-to-24 hours, says Dr. Klein. It is best to give this medication one hour before meals. Check with a veterinarian to verify the dosage is accurate for your pet. Also, if purchasing Pepcid, make sure to buy Pepcid Original Strength (10 milligram tablets). Pepcid Complete contains additional active ingredients, and Pepcid Maximum Strength contains more medication per tablet.
  • How to Administer Pepcid to Dogs: It’s not recommended to give Pepcid with food, as it can lessen its efficacy. Instead tilt your dog’s head back, place the pill on the back of the tongue, hold the mouth shut for a moment, and gently stroke the throat or blow on the nose to induce swallowing. If you do not have experience giving pills to your dog without a treat, contact your veterinarian for advice.

Certain foods, such as pumpkin and rice, can also help with stomach issues in dogs. Learn more about that here.
Dr. Klein says he’s also prescribed probiotics to treat diarrhea, such as Pro-Viable or Fortiflora. “If diarrhea is not severe, results are noticed within 24 hours,” he says. Consult with your veterinarian about acquiring similar products.

What is Pepto-bismol used for?

  • Relieving symptoms of an upset stomach, such as nausea, indigestion, heartburn or diarrhoea.

How does Pepto-bismol work?

Pepto-bismol chewable tablets and suspension both contain the active ingredient bismuth subsalicylate.

It’s not fully understood how this medicine works. However, bismuth subsalicylate has several actions in the gut. It coats irritated tissues in the foodpipe and stomach, helping to protect them from stomach acid. It may also kill certain bacteria, including E coli, a common cause of diarrhoea. It also has weak antacid properties.

How do I take Pepto-bismol?

  • Pepto-bismol liquid and chewable tablets can be taken either with or without food.
  • If you’re using the suspension, shake the bottle before taking a dose.
  • Adults aged 16 years and over should take 30ml Pepto-bismol liquid OR two Pepto-bismol tablets when needed to relieve symptoms. This dose can be repeated after 30 to 60 minutes if needed. Do not take more than eight doses in 24 hours.
  • Do not exceed the maximum dose. If your symptoms do not improve after two days of using Pepto-bismol, you should get medical advice from your doctor.
  • Acute diarrhoea makes you lose more fluids and salt than you usually would and can make you dehydrated. This medicine only treats the diarrhoea symptoms and so will not rehydrate you. You should ensure that you drink plenty of fluids, and you may also want to take an oral rehydration therapy, which is a soluble powder containing sugars and salts, to help rehydrate you. This is particularly important for frail and elderly people and children. Rehydration salts can be bought from pharmacies.

Who should see a doctor before taking Pepto-bismol?

  • People who have diarrhoea that started either during or after taking a course of antibiotics, if the diarrhoea contains yellow or greenish mucus or blood, or if you also have a fever.
  • People with blood clotting disorders or gout.
  • People taking anticoagulant medicines such as warfarin, or medicines for diabetes or gout.

Who should not take Pepto-bismol?

  • Children under 16 years old.
  • People who are allergic to aspirin or salicylates.
  • People who are allergic to any ingredient of the medicine. Check the ingredients listed in the leaflet that comes with the medicine if you know you have specific allergies.

Can I take Pepto-bismol while pregnant or breastfeeding?

  • Not unless it’s recommended by your doctor. The safety of Pepto-bismol for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been established. It should only be used if considered essential by your doctor. As with all medicines, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should get medical advice from your doctor before taking Pepto-bismol.

What are the possible side effects of Pepto-bismol?

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with Pepto-bismol. Just because a side effect is stated here doesn’t mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

  • Blackening of your poo (very common) or blackening of your tongue (common). This is normal and nothing to worry about and will go away when you stop treatment.

Read the leaflet that comes with the medicine or talk to your pharmacist if you want any more information about the possible side effects of Pepto-bismol. If you think you have experienced a side effect, did you know you can report this using the yellow card website?

Can I take Pepto-bismol with other medicines?

If you’re already taking any other medicines, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, it is important to check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine as well. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines in combination with this one, to make sure that the combination is safe.

You should check with your doctor before taking Pepto-bismol if you’re taking warfarin or medicines for gout or diabetes.

You should not take Pepto-bismol in combination with aspirin or any other salicylate medicines.

Pepto-bismol may reduce the absorption of tetracycline-type antibiotics, eg doxycycline, minocycline from the gut, which could make them less effective. To minimise this problem you should not take Pepto-bismol within two hours of taking a dose of this type of antibiotic.

What other medicines contain the same active ingredient?

There are currently no other medicines available in the UK that contain bismuth subsalicylate as the active ingredient.

Last updated 15.06.2017

Almost on a daily basis, pharmacists come into contact with someone with a stomach ailment. It is important to find out what caused the patient’s stomach upset and then to offer tips on how to treat it (Table 1).

Stomach Pain or Cramping

Gas, indigestion, or perhaps gastritis (an inflammation of the lining of the stomach) can cause abdominal pain. The problem can result from overeating, or it can be a reaction to alcohol, caffeine, or even medication. Diet restrictions, such as taking only bland foods and clear liquids, could relieve the symptoms.

Antacids, which are neutralizing agents, are often used to relieve the symptoms of heartburn (Table 2). For instance, the ingredient in Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) coats the esophagus, acts as a barrier to reflux, and alleviates pain and other symptoms. Pepto-Bismol is indicated for indigestion, heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, and diarrhea. Children with flu-like symptoms should not take it, because it can lead to Reye’s syndrome.

Flatulence (Intestinal Gas)

Gas is a natural part of the digestive process. It can be caused by beans and some fruits and other vegetables. Natural products to treat gas include chamomile and peppermint. OTC formulations contain simethicone, a defoaming agent. In addition to simethicone, Flatulex, for example, contains activated charcoal, which absorbs substances that may cause gas and also relieves gas pain and bloating. New formulations of antacids and simethicone are now available (Table 3).

Beano, another product approved for treating flatulence, comes from the Aspergillus niger mold and is a solution of an enzyme known as alpha-Galactosidase. This enzyme breaks down oligosaccharides (which high-fiber foods contain) and can be a prophylactic treatment for gas caused by high-fiber foods.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea can occur as a result of a stomach virus, food poisoning, stress, and certain medications, and it can lead to dehydration. Patients should be counseled to drink plenty of clear fluids that do not contain too much sugar. In addition to diet restrictions, Pedialyte may be recommended for electrolyte loss (Table 4). If diarrhea lasts longer than 48 hours, a physician should be consulted.

Heartburn

Whereas many factors contribute to heartburn, it generally is caused by a poorly functioning lower esophageal sphincter, which allows the contents of the stomach to back up into the esophagus. Pregnancy, obesity, smoking, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, and spicy foods may cause or aggravate heartburn.

Antacids are first-line therapy (Table 2). Taken before a meal, they provide relief for about 40 to 60 minutes, and up to 3 hours if taken after a meal. Frequent use of antacids containing aluminum, however, can cause constipation, and those containing magnesium can cause diarrhea. Antacids can affect certain medications, so it is advisable to separate doses by at least 2 hours.

Gaviscon, containing alginic acid as well as sodium bicarbonate, aluminum, and magnesium, coats the stomach. Tablets should be chewed and taken with plenty of water.

Pepcid Complete is a combination of famotidine (a histamine2-receptor antagonist ) and magnesium hydroxide and calcium carbonate. It offers the advantage of prompt relief from the antacids and acid reduction from the H2RA. Experts have found that this combination offers more sustained relief.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have a longer duration of action than H2RAs. Prilosec OTC, a 20-mg tablet, is the only PPI currently available over the counter. PPIs may interact with certain drugs, such as warfarin and diazepam, however.

Dr. Pelegrin is the pharmacy manager of a Publix Pharmacy in Miami, Fla.

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