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Bismuth Subsalicylate Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

BISMUTH SUBSALICYLATE (biz muth sub sa LIS i late) relieves the symptoms of diarrhea, upset stomach, heartburn, acid indigestion, and nausea.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. Swallow whole. Do not crush or chew. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this medicine may be used in children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • anxiety, confusion

  • dizziness, drowsiness

  • headache

  • increased sweating

  • increased thirst

  • loss of hearing, ringing in the ears

  • muscle weakness

  • nausea, vomiting that does not go away

  • tiredness

  • trembling, or uncontrollable movements

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • black stools

  • blackened tongue

  • constipation

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • methotrexate

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • aspirin and aspirin-like drugs

  • medicines for diabetes

  • medicines for gout

  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding problems

  • fever

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • recent vaccination with chickenpox vaccine

  • recent viral illness, such as the flu or chickenpox

  • ulcer

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to bismuth subsalicylate, aspirin, other salicylates or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Do not treat diarrhea for more than 2 days without talking to your doctor or health care professional. Call your doctor or health care professional as soon as you can if you get a fever, or nausea and vomiting. These could be symptoms of a more serious illness.

Drink plenty of clear fluids to help prevent dehydration caused by diarrhea.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 3/18/2009
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