What is Bismuth subsalicylate?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Pepto-Bismol Maalox Total Stomach Relief Kaopectate

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Bismuth subsalicylate can be used to relieve nausea, stomach upset, diarrhea, indigestion and heart burn.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Nausea 11 6
Heartburn 10 2
Diarrhea 6 4
Irritable bowel syndrome 6 5
Abdominal cramps 3 5
Stomach pain 3 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 3
Mild 0
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bismuth subsalicylate

Side effect Patients
Black stool 1
Constipation 1
Stomach pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Bismuth subsalicylate

Dosage Patients
2 262mg as needed 2
262mg as needed 2
262 mg m,w,f 1
2 262mg/15mL as needed 1
262mg/15mL as needed 1
525mg/15mL as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Bismuth subsalicylate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 5
Did not seem to work 3
Side effects too severe 1
See all 9 patients who've stopped taking Bismuth subsalicylate

Duration

Currently taking Bismuth subsalicylate

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Bismuth subsalicylate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Bismuth subsalicylate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Ondansetron (Zofran) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Bismuth subsalicylate

Oct 15, 2015 (Started Feb 25, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stomach (gastric) ulcer pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for gastric ulcer)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diarrhea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for abdominal cramps)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation, black stool)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 1, 2015 (Started Feb 25, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stomach (gastric) ulcer pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for gastric ulcer)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for diarrhea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for abdominal cramps)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation, black stool)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 12, 2015 (Started Feb 25, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for abdominal cramps)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gastric ulcer)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stomach (gastric) ulcer pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (constipation, black stool)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 262 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 14, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for upset stomach)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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