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Bismuth Subsalicylate


Treats diarrhea, heartburn, nausea, and upset stomach. This medicine contains a salicylate and is related to aspirin.

Brand Names

Pepto Bismol Maximum Strength
QC Pink Bismuth
Pepto Bismol
Helidac Therapy
Percy Medicine
Kaopectate Children's
Rite Aid Stomach Relief
Brite-Life K-Pec
Good Neighbor K-Pec
The Medicine Shoppe K-Pec

When You Should Not Take The Medication

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to bismuth subsalicylate, aspirin, or to other pain and arthritis medicines (such as ibuprofen, Advil®, Aleve®, Motrin®, Orudis®). You should not use this medicine if you have a stomach ulcer, any kind of bleeding problem, or bloody or black stools. Do not give this medicine to a child or teenager who has chicken pox or symptoms of a virus or the flu, unless your doctor has told you to. Do not use this medicine if you are also using another salicylate medicine (such as mesalamine, Asacol®, Doan's® Pills, or Pentasa®).

How To Store And Dispose Of This Medicine

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

The liquid medicine may be kept in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
Rectal bleeding, blood, or mucus in your stools.
Ringing in your ears, or changes in your hearing.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.