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Are there any risks in taking anti-diarrheal and gas medications?

Over-the-counter anti-diarrheal and anti-gas medications are safe if used as directed in the appropriate dose. Bismuth subsalicylate, the active ingredient in Pepto-Bismol, should not be given to a child under 12. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before using any medication. Loperamide, the active ingredient in many anti-diarrheal medications, can make you drowsy, so it may not be safe to drive a car; see how it affects you before driving. Some anti-diarrheal and anti-gas medications may interact with other medications you are using, so check with your pharmacist to see if there is any concern.

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