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 9 2
Diarrhea 3 4
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) 3 4
Stomach pain 3 2
Abdominal cramps 2 5

Show all 15 reasons taken


  • 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 6

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Bismuth subsalicylate

Side effect Patients
Black stools 1
Constipation 1
Stomach pain 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Bismuth subsalicylate

Dosage Patients
262mg as needed 2
525mg/15mL as needed 2
2 262mg/15mL as needed 1
2 262mg as needed 1
262mg/15mL as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Bismuth subsalicylate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 3
Did not seem to work 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 4 patients who’ve stopped taking Bismuth subsalicylate

Duration

Currently taking Bismuth subsalicylate

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Bismuth subsalicylate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 2
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
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 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 6
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2 patient evaluations for Bismuth subsalicylate

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Spinal Stenosis 28 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Spinal Stenosis

See Rejoice's full Bismuth subsalicylate history

Oct 15, 2015 (Started Feb 25, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stomach (gastric) ulcer pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Gastric Ulcer)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diarrhea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Abdominal cramps)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Constipation, Black stools)
  • 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 IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Gastric Ulcer)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Diarrhea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Abdominal cramps)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Constipation, Black stools)
  • 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 IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Constipation, Black stools)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 262 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Hope_In_Christ
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Hope_In_Christ
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 29
Condition: Central Sensitivity Syndrome 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Central Sensitivity Syndrome

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Jun 14, 2011 (Started Sep 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for IBS (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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