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bismuth subsalicylate (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking bismuth subsalicylate?

This medication should not be given to a child or teenager who has a fever, especially if the child also has flu symptoms or chicken pox. Subsalicylate can cause a serious and sometimes fatal condition called Reye's syndrome in children.

You should not use bismuth subsalicylate if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • a stomach ulcer;
  • a recent history of stomach or intestinal bleeding; or
  • if you are allergic to salicylates such as aspirin, Doan's Extra Strength, Salflex, Tricosal, and others.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine if you have:

Do not take bismuth subsalicylate without medical advice if you are pregnant.

Bismuth subsalicylate can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take bismuth subsalicylate?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take more than 8 doses in one day (24 hours).

Shake the liquid medicine well just before you measure a dose. Measure the liquid with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

Bismuth subsalicylate can cause you to have a black or darkened tongue. This is a harmless side effect.

This medication can also cause unusual results with certain medical tests, thyroid scans, or stomach x-rays. Tell any doctor who treats you that you have recently taken bismuth subsalicylate.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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