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Encyclopedia > Pepto Bismol

Bismuth subsalicylate is the active ingredient in the popular medication Pepto-Bismol that is used to treat diarrhea and other temporary discomforts of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract. Diarrhea in American English, (spelled diarrhoea in other anglophone countries) is a condition in which the sufferer has frequent and watery or loose bowel movements (from the ancient Greek word διαρροή = leakage; lit. ... In anatomy, the stomach (in ancient Greek στόμαχος) is an organ in the alimentary canal used to digest food. ... The gastrointestinal or digestive tract, also referred to as the GI tract or the alimentary canal or the gut, is the system of organs within multicellular animals which takes in food, digests it to extract energy and nutrients, and expels the remaining waste. ...

It displays antiinflammatory action (due to salicylate) and also acts as an antacid and mild antibiotic. An antacid is any substance that counteracts stomach acidity. ... An antibiotic is a drug that kills or slows the growth of bacteria. ...

See also

General Name, Symbol, Number Bismuth, Bi, 83 Chemical series Poor metals Group, Period, Block 15 (VA), 6, p Density, Hardness 9. ... Salicylic acid is a colorless, crystalline organic carboxylic acid. ...

External links

  • Drug information page at the National Institutes of Health  (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/uspdi/202092.html)
  • Pepto-Bismol homepage (http://www.pepto-bismol.com)



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