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Bismuth subsalicylate User Reviews & Ratings

Brand names: Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, Stomach Relief, Pink Bismuth, Pepto-Bismol Original Strength, Peptic Relief, Maalox Total Relief, Pepto-Bismol InstaCool, Bismatrol, Bismarex, Kola-Pectin DS Childrens Kaopectate Percy Medicine Bismatrol Maximum Strength Soothe Caplets …show all brand names

Bismuth subsalicylate has an average rating of 8.0 out of 10 from a total of 34 reviews on Drugs.com. 72% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 17% reported a negative experience.

Reviews for Bismuth subsalicylate

  • Jbano
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 7, 2018

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "I was so sick from a stomach virus going around my city including my own doctors office staff. I literally felt like I was dying. My wonderful neighbour brought me a bottle of Pepto Bismol and after the first dose I immediately started feeling better. I couldn’t believe it as I had been delirious only moments before."

9 / 10
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  • Saves...
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • February 13, 2016

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "As a college student with moderate IBS symptoms/overly sensitive stomach, sharing one bathroom with four people can REALLY be scary. Instead of having to climb out the window and run into the woods or bang on the door begging for mercy, popping a couple Pepto Tablets can REALLY help relieve the symptoms of impending doom. Mellows my stomach out within 5 minutes of taking, doesn't taste bad and gives me a sense of safety. Sometimes, your stomach still gets upset much later, which at that point is completely fine-it has to come out sometime, right? Generally speaking, it's usually great and I never get the upset stomach! I recommend to anyone, it's saved me many times and can do the same for you."

9 / 10
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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • July 26, 2018

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) "I have used Pepto-Bismol liquid off & on for more than 10 years because it was effective. But, sadly, the manufacturer has changed the formula, replacing saccharine sweetener with sucralose. Now the liquid is so sickening sweet, I cannot use it and have switched to Kaopectate."

5 / 10
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  • That...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • June 5, 2023

Kaopectate (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "I took the tablet form which is not mentioned on this website. (Perhaps that form is new.) I took one dose (two tablets) after first BM. I took two more one hour later after second BM. That was the last BM after several days of diarrhea. This diarrhea is a side effect of a new Rx medication which I am continuing to take. I had no side effects from Kaopectate."

10 / 10
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  • Sasha
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • June 7, 2020

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea, Chronic "Let me tell you, Pepto Bismol is the best medicine I have ever taken for my stomach issues, I have IBS-C and sometimes my IBS medicine gives me nasty side effects, and makes me bloat, have indigestion, stomach pain and pepto bismol will literally get rid of all my symptoms. I absolutely love it! It has given me back my life seriously, I do not take my IBS medicine everyday whenever I need it, and then the side effects come and I will take pepto bismol and I feel actually normal! I forgot what normal felt like until I took this medicine! I always recommend it to my friends and family. I call pepto bismol gold in a bottle. Also I appreciate not having crazy side effects from this medicine, it just helps me and no problems. I only take it when I take my IBS medicine and it doesn't stop my IBS medicine from working either! This is great stuff"

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  • Thank...
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • January 16, 2022

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Indigestion "It is a must have in my medicine cabinet, knowing I have it makes me feel so secure. I occasionally (maybe once or twice a year) wake up with very horrible stomach pain, and it used to plague me for up to 48 hours, and I would constantly be worrying about the day it would come. Now, if I do experience stomach pains, taking a dose of pepto bismol eliminates the pain within 30 minutes. It is a miracle drug. I no longer live in fear."

10 / 10
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  • Juggy
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 23, 2019

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) "I had a serious digestive problem and I was given pepto-bismoth on the day it became sepsis so I ignored the symptoms and I spent 10 days in the hospital I was told it numbs the problem and caused sepsis so I thought I was ok but Nope"

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  • Kirk
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • May 24, 2023

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "It worked after I took like 6 of them over the course of a couple of hours. It was a bad decision though as it made me constipated for 5 or 6 days after that. Be careful if you have IBS and have alternating constipation/diarrhea or any other related stomach issues"

4 / 10
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  • Suzanna...
  • January 26, 2015

Kaopectate Anti-Diarrheal Upset Stomach Reliever (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "I had diarrhea for almost a month I have tried everything over the counter that you can find is this the only thing that has happened to stop the diarrhea it's been around forever and it's the only thing that's worked"

10 / 10
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  • A11ycat
  • September 11, 2016

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Indigestion "I've found pepto Bismol really useful for when I get acid reflux. It really helps to calm and cool my stomach. Anytime I'm feeling nauseous, it's the first thing I go to! I also take pepto bismol when I've eaten too much, as I do have a binge eating disorder. It helps prevent the reflux before it starts. I only take it when I'm experiencing symptoms."

10 / 10
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  • Jimbo
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 1, 2021

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) "Woke up one morning and had a cup of coffee. Half hour later developed the worse stomach ache I've ever had. Couldn't sit, stand, or do just about anything. Drank water, took Tums, Citrucel, Pro-biotics my wife gave me all by 10am. Nothing helped. She had mentioned Pepto but I said that's for diarrhea that won't help. After 7 hours of suffering, I took the Pepto. Glad I did. It worked wonders, within 10 minutes of taking 15ml, I felt better, 30 minutes later took another 15ml. Bingo!! I was fine."

10 / 10
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  • Jen...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 7, 2018

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Indigestion "Used Pepto with Gas-X for my Nausea & Gas about half hour later and vomited severely. I do feel better having vomited but it wasn’t a pleasant experience. I don’t recommend taking the two together."

2 / 10
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  • Jack
  • March 6, 2021

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Indigestion "I had a minor acid reflux this week. I didn't know which over the counter medicine to take and so I googled. I randomly ended up at pepto bismol and read some reviews. Most of the reviews were quite positive about the drug and so I went to the nearest walgreens and bought one. I took it for the next two days as directed however it never worked or I didn't get better! I got annoyed and ended up throwing it! I went ahead and bought Alka Selzer and got better immediately! In conclusion, Alka Selzer is great and pepto bismol is not!"

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  • Rocky...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 7, 2020

For Indigestion "Had sudden onset of indigestion that sent acid up to the back of my throat. Antacid tablets did nothing to help. By late afternoon the next day I needed something, anything to make it stop. Called the Nurse Line on my insurance card, and she recommended something like Peptobismol. Was skeptical but had it on hand, so tried it. It worked perfectly, and because it can be used with greater frequency than other antacid treatments, I was able to take it seven times a day for 2 days, to let everything heal. Will not be without it. NOTE: be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent a problem at the other end:)"

10 / 10
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  • Kat
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 14, 2020

For Indigestion "Horrible, low quality product! Hard as a rock to chew and does not dissolve well at all... nothing but hard gritty , nasty tasting chunks to try to get out of your mouth and teeth! Doesn't dissolve enough to actually help you in my experience. Just buy the real Pepto stuff and you'll be much happier and feel better."

1 / 10
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  • Kate
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 4, 2024

Kaopectate (bismuth subsalicylate) for Indigestion "I find that this works for me better than Pepto Bismol. I use the liquid version. Absolutely love it. Works in 15 minutes or less. A lifesaver if I get a stomachache before bed; this helps me sleep and forget I even had a stomachache."

10 / 10
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  • Heart...
  • April 22, 2017

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "Relieves my upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, heartburn, and its affordable."

10 / 10
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  • happy...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 17, 2023

Kaopectate (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "Kaopectate is awesome. It worked from the first dose. It helps stomach viruses and bacteria and really got me out of a jam. It doesn't have a lot of sugar in it like Pepto does."

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  • Anonymous
  • February 15, 2011

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "Very effective for diarrhea, besides it alleviates heartburn and stomach discomfort"

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  • Ericf...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • January 2, 2016

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "Excellent stomach flu remedy. Stops symptoms quickly. For bad digestive issues such as the stomach flu the max liquid works better than caplets or chewable tablets. Gives fast effective relief."

9 / 10
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  • Chill...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • October 15, 2019

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Indigestion "Pepto-bismol is outstanding! I had a severe bout of nausea, and almost immediately after I took a dose of this life-saver, my nausea vanished. I recommend every one of you to try this."

10 / 10
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  • Daniel...
  • July 20, 2010

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "Pepto-Bismol did not CURE my problem; but it slowed diarrhea until I was able to get to the doctor. A must have in all medicine cabinets!"

8 / 10
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  • karen
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 24, 2020

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Indigestion "This Pepto-Bismol stuff works so well in the liquid version. I had a stomach ache for over an hour then took it and I swear after 10 mins it worked, and my stomach does not hurt anymore."

10 / 10
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  • baddt...
  • March 26, 2012

Pepto-Bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for Indigestion "Very good, very fast."

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  • Moezo...
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • March 7, 2024

Kaopectate (bismuth subsalicylate) for Diarrhea "It works on the diarrhea a little slower than Imodium, but has fewer side effects, and it makes my stomach feel better right away. Two to three doses is all it ever takes."

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