bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto Bismol, Kaopectate, Bismatrol Maximum Strength, and others) (cont.)

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The antidiarrheal benefits of bismuth subsalicylate may be due to the reduction in prostaglandin synthesis. Bismuth subsalicylate also prevents the attachment of bacteria to the walls of the intestine, inactivates enterotoxins (toxic chemicals made by bacteria), and has a direct inhibiting effect on bacteria.

Bismuth subsalicylate was first approved by the FDA in 1939.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Bismuth subsalicylate is used for over-the-counter (OTC):

SIDE EFFECTS: Dark brown or black stools are common with use of bismuth subsalicylate. Tongue discoloration and constipation also may occur.

Other side effects associated with bismuth subsalicylate include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/12/2015

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