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Who should not take bismuth subsalicylate?

If you are allergic to any ingredients in bismuth subsalicylate or if you are allergic to salicylate pain relievers, you should not take this medication. Certain medical conditions and medications may increase your risk for complications associated with bismuth subsalicylate. Medical conditions include: bleeding problems, ulcers, fever, pregnancy, breastfeeding, bloody feces, kidney disease or mucus in the stool.

This medication may contain aspartame. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to restrict your intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist about using this medication safely.

Before having surgery, tell your doctors or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products).

This drug contains an aspirin-like product (salicylate). Children and teenagers should not take this product if they have chicken pox, flu or any undiagnosed illness or if they have recently received a vaccine. In these cases, taking aspirin or aspirin-like products increases the risk of Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness.

Medications that may prohibit you from taking bismuth subsalicylate include: anticoagulants, aspirin, diabetes medications and arthritis or gout medications. Before taking this or any other medications, you should speak to your doctor about any risks for interaction.

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