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What precautions should be taken with bismuth subcitrate potassium?

Talk to your doctor about using prescription bismuth subcitrate if you have or have ever had a blood disorder, seizure disorder or other brain or nervous problems. Talk to your doctor about taking the bismuth subcitrate combination if you have liver or kidney disease, esophagus disorders or trouble swallowing. You should not take prescription bismuth subcitrate if you are allergic to bismuth subcitrate, metronidazole, tetracycline, nitroimidazoles, other tetracycline antibiotics or other bismuth products. Bismuth subcitrate may cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate tools or machinery until you know how the bismuth subcitrate combination will affect you. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking bismuth subcitrate or for 24 hours after you stop. Drinking alcohol with bismuth subcitrate can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, stomach cramps and flushing. Avoid receiving a live vaccine while taking bismuth subcitrate. It can make hormonal birth control less effective. Talk to your doctor about using a secondary form of birth control while you are taking bismuth subcitrate. It can increase your sensitivity to sunlight. Wear sunblock and other sun protection while you are taking bismuth subcitrate potassium. Bismuth subcitrate may temporarily darken your stools or tongue. This is normal and not expected to cause harm.

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