Drug Name: Pepto Bismol
Common Name: Pepto-Bismol®, Bismatrol®, Kaopectate®, Corrective Suspension®, Bismukote®, Bismupaste®, Mismusol®, Gastro-Cote®
Drug Type: Antidiarrheal
Used For: Diarrhea, Upset stomach
- Species: Dogs
- Administered: Oral liquid, 262 mg tablets
- How Dispensed: Over the counter
FDA Approved: Yes
Bismuth subsalicylate has anti-inflammatory, mild-antibiotic, antacid, and protective qualities. It is commonly used in humans to treat ingidestion and diarrhea, but is sometimes used by veterinarians to treat the same symptoms in dogs. It is not safe to give to cats.
How It Works
The bismuth component of this drug seems to coat the intestines, protecting it from toxins. It also has weak antibacterial qualities against bacteria such as Heliobacter.
The salicylate component (salicylate is a substance similar to aspirin) seems to have a slight antiprostaglandin effect, assisting in the treatment of some types of diarrhea. Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that promote the secretion of fluids, often causing diarrhea.
Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.
Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
Side Effects and Drug Reactions
Bismuth Subsalicylate may result in these side effects:
- Gray or black stool
Bismuth Subsalicylate may react with these drugs:
- Tetracycline derivatives
- Protein bound drugs
USE EXTREME CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING BISMUTH SUBSALICYLATE TO CATS - This drug is not considered safe for use in cats. Use only under the direction of an experienced veterinarian.
USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PETS WITH BLEEDING DISORDERS