What is Pepto-Bismol Suspension?
Pepto-Bismol Suspension is a medicine that can be used to relieve symptoms of acid reflux, indigestion, diarrhoea and nausea. It is presented in an easy-to-administer liquid form and can be taken with or without food. It works to protect your stomach and the lower part of the food pipe from stomach acid and helps to ease discomfort caused by excess acid. Pepto-Bismol Suspension could be the product you need if you’re looking for an easy heartburn relief solution and prefer liquid medicine over taking tablets.
What is heartburn?
Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux and feels like a burning sensation in the middle of the chest. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid travels towards the throat anc can cause a range of other symptoms including:
An unpleasant sour taste in your mouth
A recurring cough or hiccups
A hoarse voice
Bloating and feeling sick
Acid reflux symptoms tend to be worse after eating, when lying down and when bending over.
Causes of acid reflux
Heartburn and acid reflux is a common digestive issue that most people will experience from time to time and can be caused by a range of reasons including:
Certain foods and drinks - such as coffee, alcohol, chocolate and fatty or spicy foods
Stress and anxiety
Some medicines including anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen
A hiatus hernia - when part of your stomach moves up into your chest
How to improve heartburn and acid reflux
Heartburn and acid reflux can be improved with simple treatments and lifestyle changes including:
Eating smaller and more frequent meal
Raise one end of your bed by around 10-20 cm by placing something under the bed or mattress, so your chest and head are above the level of your waist to prevent stomach acid from travelling up towards your throat
Try to lose weight if you are overweight
Try to find ways to relax
Avoid consuming food or drink that triggers your acid reflux symptoms
Do not eat within 3-4 hours before bed
Wear clothes that are loose around the waist
Avoid drinking excess alcohol
Do not stop taking any prescribed medicine without speaking to a doctor first
Take antacids to help ease symptoms if suitable
How can Pepto-Bismol help to relieve symptoms of heartburn?
The active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol is Bismuth subsalicyclate. It works to relieve symptoms of acid reflux, indigestion, diarrhoea and nausea by protecting your stomach and the lower part of the food pipe from stomach acid and also works as a mild antacid which helps to reduce excess stomach acid and ease discomfort caused by indigestion issues. The active ingredient in this product works to ease symptoms by forming a soothing, protective coating on your stomach and intestine. Pepto-Bismol can be taken by those who are over 16 years of age and it can be administered with or without food.
How to use Pepto-Bismol Suspension
Shake the bottle well before use. Pour 30ml (one dose) into the provided cup and swallow. Repeat the dose 30-60 minutes if required. Do NOT take more than 8 doses in 24 hours or use after the expiry date. If symptoms do not improve after 2 days, seek medical advice from a doctor. You may experience a temporary and harmless darkening of stools (poo) or your tongue when using this product. If you are suffering with diarrhoea, ensure that you prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids or rehydration products.
When NOT to use this product
Do NOT use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients (see ingredients tab for full list) or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Seek medical advice from a doctor or a Chemist4U pharmacist before using this product if you have:
Had an allergic reaction to Pepto-Bismol, aspirin or any other medicines in the past
An allergy to amaranth or aspartame
A problem with blood clotting
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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The active ingredient is bismuth subsalicylate (526 mg in 30ml dose).
Other ingredients: aluminium magnesium silicate, methylcellulose, methyl, salicylate, salicylic acid, sorbic acid, benzoic acid (E210), saccharin, sodium, sodium salicylate, amaranth (E123) and water.
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