What is Pepto-Bismol?
Pepto-Bismol are chewable peppermint tablets that work quickly to relieve heartburn, indigestion and various other stomach upsets. They can also help to control short-term diarrhoea.
How does Pepto-Bismol work?
Pepto-Bismol contains Bismuth subsalicylate which is thought to work by coating aggravated tissues in the stomach and oesophagus, helping to protect them from stomach acid.
What are the benefits of taking Pepto-Bismol?
A number of problems can occur from stomach acid irritating various parts of the digestive system and can cause pain or discomfort. Protecting your gullet and stomach from harm with Pepto-Bismol will help to quickly relieve indigestion, acid reflux and heartburn.
How do I use Pepto-Bismol?
Always follow the guidance given in the enclosed patient information leaflet and be sure to read it before commencing use of the medicine.
These tablets should be taken by chewing or dissolving them in your mouth; you do not need to take them with water.
The recommended dose of Pepto-Bismol is two tablets as needed. You can repeat this dose every 30-60 minutes if necessary but do not exceed 16 tablets in any 24 hour period.
Side effects & precautions
Before taking this medication, you should always first check that it is suitable for you and any of your associated medical conditions. Do not take Pepto-Bismol if:
- You are under 18 years of age
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients
- You are taking any other salicylates, including aspirin
Because of the way that medications interact with each other, you should be cautious if you are taking other medications and consult with a doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure. You should also consult a doctor before taking Pepto-Bismol if you have a blood-clotting disorder or gout.
If you are using Pepto-Bismol to treat diarrhoea symptoms then you should keep in mind that it’s important to avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids.
Like with all medicines, there is a risk of side effects. If you are taking this medicine for longer than 2 days or in higher doses then you may be at more risk of side effects. You should cease using Pepto-Bismol immediately and contact your doctor if you experience any serious side effects or if you notice signs of an allergic reaction.