bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline (Helidac)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to aspirin, or to bismuth subsalicylate (Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol), metronidazole (Flagyl), or tetracycline (Ala-Tet, Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap).
To make sure you can safely take bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
FDA pregnancy category D. Do not use bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby. Tetracycline can cause permanent tooth discoloration later in life and can also affect a child's growth. Use effective birth control, and tell your doctor if you become pregnant during treatment.
Tetracycline can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking bismuth, subsalicylate, and tetracycline.
Metronidazole and tetracycline can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Children younger than 8 years old should not take tetracycline. Tetracycline can cause permanent tooth discoloration and can also affect a child's growth.
How should I take bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline (Helidac)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Chew and swallow the bismuth subsalicylate tablets.
Do not chew the metronidazole or tetracycline pills. Swallow each pill whole.
To prevent heartburn and damage to the esophagus, be sure to take each dose (especially the bedtime dose) with a full glass of water (8 ounces).
Take all 4 pills four times daily with meals and at bedtime.
Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. The antibiotics in this medication will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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