Pepto-bismol chewable tablets and suspension both contain the active ingredient bismuth subsalicylate. This has several actions in the gut. It coats irritated tissues in the foodpipe (gullet) and
The active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol is called bismuth subsalicylate. It belongs to a drug class called salicylates. Pepto-Bismol is available in regular strength as a caplet, chewable tablet
The Side effects of bismuth subsalicylate include: The most common symptom is a temporary darkening of the stools and of the tongue but is not considered serious. Less common but more severe allergic reactions such as rashes, itching, swelling of the tongue and face, dizziness, breathing difficulties. A ringing in the ears.
Bismuth subsalicylate can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are breast-feeding a baby. Side effects. Stop taking bismuth subsalicylate and call your doctor at once if you have: hearing loss or ringing in your ears; diarrhea lasting longer than 2 days; or; worsened stomach symptoms
Bismuth subsalicylate chewable tablets: Each pink round tablet contains 262.4 mg bismuth subsalicylate (102 mg salicylate) for oral administration. Bismuth subsalicylate is a fine, white, odorless, and tasteless powder that is stable and non-hygroscopic. It is a highly insoluble salt of trivalent bismuth and salicylic acid.
Bismuth is an element that occurs in trace amounts in everyone's diet, and also most (99%) of orally ingested bismuth is fecally excreted without being absorbed (see linked paper above which cites this figure) - these two facts should be reassuring. That being said, I could not find any actual studies on long term effects and based on what I read, I don't think there is a lot of literature on the subject. With something like bismuth that is, drug-wise, considered quite safe, you'd have to do