August 19, 2023

How Long After Taking Ibuprofen Can You Take Pepto-Bismol?

When used as directed, Pepto-Bismol works well to treat stomachaches caused by food poisoning and traveler’s diarrhea. The bismuth in the medication kills harmful germs while soothing the intestines. It also helps replace fluid lost during diarrhoea attacks. Pepto-Bismol can be taken as often as every 30 or 60 minutes, but it’s important to drink a lot of water while taking it.

Pepto-Bismol can be safely taken with most medications, including ibuprofen. However, the two medications should be separated by at least two hours. Combining the two can increase the risk of side effects, such as stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. Moreover, it can interfere with the way the body absorbs ibuprofen, making it less effective.

Generally, you should not take Pepto-Bismol if you have an allergy to salicylates (which are found in aspirin) or are experiencing symptoms of a liver disease, such as a yellow skin or eyes, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, or fever. Moreover, it is not recommended for use by children under 12 years of age or by pregnant women.

It is also important to avoid alcohol while taking Pepto-Bismol. The medication can cause an upset stomach, so it’s best to avoid consuming alcoholic beverages. Also, make sure to tell your doctor or pharmacist about any complementary medicines you are taking. These include herbal remedies and vitamins, as they may interact with the medication. Lastly, be sure to follow the package directions carefully. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment, but should not exceed the prescribed amount.

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