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    • U.S. Brand Names: Bismatrol Maximum Strength [OTC];Bismatrol [OTC];Diotame [OTC];Kao-Tin [OTC];Kaopectate® Extra Strength [OTC];Kaopectate® [OTC];Maalox® Total Relief® [OTC] [DSC];Peptic Relief [OTC];Pepto Relief [OTC];Pepto-Bismol® Maximum Strength [OTC];Pepto-Bismol® [OTC]
    • Mexican Brand Names: A-Migdobis;Facidmol;Subsalicilato de Bismuto
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antidiarrheal

    • This medicine is used to treat diarrhea.
    • This medicine is used to treat heartburn and indigestion.
    • Bismuth protects the stomach.


    How to take

    • Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Chewable tablet: Chew or crush well. Mix crushed tablet with food. Do not swallow whole.
    • A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
    • Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
    • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
    • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
    • Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.


    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect caplets and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.



    • If you have an allergy to bismuth, salicylates, or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
    • If you have any of the following conditions: Bleeding problems, chickenpox, or flu symptoms.
    • If you are more than 24 weeks pregnant.


    • If you have kidney disease, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have had an ulcer or bleeding from your stomach or intestines, talk with healthcare provider.
    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before using other: aspirin, aspirin-containing products, blood thinners, garlic, ginseng, ginkgo, ibuprofen or like products, pain medicines, or vitamin E.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Constipation. More liquids, regular exercise, or a fiber-containing diet may help. Talk with healthcare provider about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Tongue discoloration.
    • Metallic taste. This is usually reversible.
    • Headache.


    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Significant change in thinking clearly and logically.
    • Ringing in ears.
    • Unusual bruising or bleeding.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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