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Brand: Pepto Bismol / Type: Liquid / Helps nausea, upset stomach, indigestion and heartburn

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      18.07.2013 12:42
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      Handy to have a bottle of this available, if your pharmacist has recommended it

      Item: Pepto-Bismol
      Size: 120ml
      Price: £3.19
      Bought in: Boots (I've only ever bought it there so not sure if you can buy it in supermarkets or if it needs to come from a proper chemist as it is behind their counter whenever I buy it.)

      This is my review of a medicine so please don't use my review to decide if you need it or not, get advice from the Dr or a pharmacist, this is just to give you info on how I found it, not whether or not you should use it. Better be safe than sorry and get some expert advice on whether or not you need it and if you do, you can use my review as a guide on value, smell, taste etc 

      So why did I buy this?
      If we go away for a weekend and there are much richer foods and more drinks than usual on offer I can find myself suffering from heart burn and a sore stomach. So I spoke to the pharmacist in Boots a few years back and she suggested that if it was only when I was out of my usual routine and not a regular occurrence, this may be all I need to settle my stomach and it does work for that for me.

      Packaging and design:
      This comes in a sturdy clear plastic bottle with a white lid that opens with child proofing on it. The lid can only be opened if you press in at both sides of the lid at the smooth sections and does have a description on the top of how to do that, so adults know how but little children would find much harder to open by mistake. The bottle is actually triangular and quite distinctive so even if the label wore away you would still know what you were picking up. The liquid inside is bright pink and you can see it clearly through the bottle. The label is bright yellow with deep cerise pink, black and white writing on it. The front has "Pepto-Bismal" written across it in large letters. Under it is also tells you if gives fast relief to "Heartburn, Indigestion, Nausea and Upset Stomach" and that it controls "Diarrhoea". On the other 2 sides it advices you of possible side effects, how to store, ingredients, when not to use and when to seek medical advice. It also has details on how to use it. I won't quote those on here in case they change and you use this instead of the details on the bottle, but basically you should always follow their guidelines and they are clearly stated on the sides of the bottle so no issue on not knowing what to do. When you first buy the bottle it has a measuring cap over the lid that is sealed with a plastic peel offer wrapper too. The bottle is quite unusual looking and I like that it stands out from other medicines so you can tell what it is quickly, as it is clear it is handy that you can see how much is left and the safety cap is good to protect little kids.

      Taste and smell test:
      If you have never used this before I will say it is an oral medicine so it does go in your mouth. You measure out the relevant amount and drink this down from the measuring cap provided. When you open the bottle it smells like Germolene. So try not to take too big a whiff unless you like that smell. It is thicker than milk but not as thick as milk shake, if that helps you get an idea of the consistency. It has a sweet, minty, menthol and aniseed taste. Well that's what I can taste but you only really need to take one gulp of it so you don't have to taste it for too long. The taste goes after around 30 seconds and doesn't have a strong after taste but you do feel it coating your throat and insides as you swallow it.

      Does it work?
      I use it for the after effects of a heavy weekend of eating and drinking which results in me having heartburn and a sore but not fully upset stomach. If I start to feel that coming on I take the prescribed amount and within an hour I really start to feel a lot better in the stomach. As I also use it for heartburn I can feel a bit of relief almost immediately for that as the liquid coats my throat and calms that horrible acid burning feeling.

      This is a staple item in our bathroom cabinet and I like to have a bottle on me for holidays and weekends away where I am eating and drinking more than I usually would. The symptoms it treats are not something that bother me in everyday life so I am happy to treat them with this when they do pop up. I am happy to pay £3.19 for 120ml as it does work well for me so worth every penny.

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        17.02.2013 12:02
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        Good for poorly tummies

        Pepto Bismol is a medicine that is used for the relief of upset stomachs and all their associated symptoms such as nausea, diarrhoea, heartburn and indigestion. It is also just a good thing to settle your stomach if you have over indulged and your tummy is feeling a little delicate. Also it works really well when you have got a hangover to get you feeling a bit more normal again.

        It comes in a bright pink bottle and to look at it you would think it was going to be a lovely strawberry flavour but it isn't. It is supposed to have a fresh 'wintergreen' taste. I have no idea what wintergreen is supposed to taste like but if it is this then I shant be rushing trying to find other drinks that taste similar.

        It isn't absolutely disgusting like some of these drinks for upset stomachs can be but it is a little bit of a strange taste. It is quite sweet but it has a sort of herbal medicine taste to it which is not awful but not too pleasant either.
        I can drink it without gagging though so it isn't too bad.

        It gets to work really quickly at relieving upset tummys and does a really good job of controlling them. It feels soothing when it is going down and really cools my throat and heartburn when I get it and also I can actually feel it sitting in my stomach and it starts to soothe it almost straight away. It is a bit like it is smothering out the hotness and leaves my tummy feeling cooler and much less upset.

        It does control diarrohea but it does take a little time for this to work so I wouldn't recommend that you take it and then leave the house straight away as you might want to wait half an hour or so to give it a chance to get to work.

        The effects from it last quite a long time and I can take this and then feel better for a good few hours afterwards.

        Peptol Bismol isn't my favourite thing to have for an upset stomach but it really does work to control upset tummies and so for that I would recommend it. The only problem with it as far as I'm concerned is that unlike with tablets once you open a bottle you can't just leave it indefinitely in the cupboard to drink again as it is a liquid and won't last for too long once open.

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        11.06.2012 22:30
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        A medicine that does what it says on the label!

        Pepto-Bismol is a medicine aimed at relieving symptoms of upset stomach, nausea, heartburn and associated ailments. It is only suitable for those over 16.

        As well as this liquid form it is also available in tablet form should you prefer. I personally prefer the liquid version which comes in a small and a larger bottle.
        The price isn't cheap at around £3.15 for 120ml however for me it is the only antacid medicine that seems to work and so it is definitely worth it. It is currently only available over the counter which is often inconvenient if you need it unexpectedly and there isn't a chemist open/nearby.

        The product itself has a child proof lid and comes in a clear bottle with a yellow label which is rather bold detailing the necessary information. The liquid itself is a bubblegum pink colour which at first is rather shocking and perhaps off-putting however one gets used to it. Another note is that upon opening the lid, the liquid smells rather strongly, a smell that reminds me of surgical spirit, and it tastes similar too. I don't find this an issue however it is unpleasant for some. I actually prefer the taste of this than other products available which usually taste of aniseed or something which makes me feel even worse.

        Unlike other medicines aimed at preventing heartburn and other symptoms, Pepto-Bismol is the only one that I find instantly works. Upon taking the medicine an immediate cooling and soothing feeling is felt and it is such a relief!

        I would recommend this product!

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          19.05.2012 20:31
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          pepto for my tummy

          ~Pepto-Bismol~

          Pepto-Bismol is an oral medicine which is designed to offer relief from nausea, upset stomach, indegestion and heartburn. It also claims to control diarrhoea. It offers a 'protective coating action' over the stomach and intestines.

          Pepto-Bismol should not be taken by those under 16, who are allergic to aspirin or who are pregnant/breastfeeding. Each ml of Pepto-Bismol contains 17.5mg of the active ingredient, bismuth subsalicylate.

          Pepto-Bismol is presented in a plastic bottle with a safety cap. There is a small measuring cup provided which has increments of 5ml - 30ml. It is recommended that the bottle be shook and 30ml measured out into the cup. A further dose of Pepto-Bismol can be taken after 30mins - 1hour but no more than 8 doses should be taken in any 24 hour period.

          Pepto-Bismol is available from chemists and can be bought over the counter without prescription. You must be 16 to purchase this medicine.

          Boots - 120ml £3.15/240ml - £4.95/480ml - £7.65

          ~My Thoughts~

          Pepto-Bismol is always my first choice of medicinal product when it comes to dealing with an upset stomach. Taking painkillers when I feel sicky and sore is a no go as it makes me feel worse. Often I do not feel up to eating when I have an upset stomach and taking anything other than Pepto-Bismol makes me feel even worse.

          Some may be put off by the appearance of this medicine. It is bright pink! Pepto-Bismol has quite strong scent which reminds me of bubblegum mixed with a typical medicinal scent. It won't be liked by everyone but if it stops an upset stomach ruining your day, then it is worth a try! I find Pepto-Bismol very easy to take. I usually buy the 120ml bottle which offers 4 doses. £3.15 does seem expensive for 4 doses but considering how well this works, I don't mind the rare purchase.

          My most recently purchase of Pepto-Bismol was yesterday. I had been feeling really sicky all weekend and my stomach felt jumpy. I also had (sorry to say) a few toilet issues. Generally I felt like utter crap and totally drained to the point that I didn't want to move and risk any additional discomfort. The little measuring cup is clearly marked but I have used this medicine so often than I can judge a quarter of a bottle and simply gulp it down. I tend to use a bottle across two days and throw any remaining contents away as the the medicine turns icky if opened for longer than a few days.

          The initial taste of Pepto-Bismol is sweet and bubblegum like (to me anyway - others may not agree). It is thick in consistency and is easy to swallow down but does leave a slight metallic taste in my mouth which isn't pleasant. I would personally use Gaviscon for heartburn and indigestion (and would recommend that if you are pregnant and this isn't suitable for you) but I do find that Pepto-Bismol offers a cool, soothing feel to my throat which is pleasant. The liquid runs down my throat smoothly and is gentle.

          ~Does It Work?~

          Pepto-Bismol works well at providing relief from stomach discomfort. It gets to work quickly and soothes my tummy and generally cools anything that is causing the discomfort. Any nausea disappears quickly and my stomach is much more settled. Whilst I don't feel Pepto-Bismol is as fast acting as diarrhoea tablets (sorry again lol), it does control it fairly well.

          I don't feel the need to take another dose after half and hour and generally feel the effects of Pepto-Bismol for several hours after taking it. I experience almost immediate effects from using Pepto-Bismol and I can get on with what I need to do without feeling like a need to be sick constantly. I experienced no side effects when using this medicine though the label does state your pooh or tongue may turn darker (hehe)!

          This is expensive but totally worth it if it makes me feel better. I can highly recommend it.

          Thanks for reading :)

          Originally written for ciao in March 2012 and it remains unedited - my tummy is fine just now!

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            13.11.2011 10:50

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            Good product that works, an essential for the medicine cupboard.

            In my opinion this is an essential product for the medicine cupboard. Pepto Bismol belongs to a group of medicines called antacids. Its main job is to relieve upset stomachs, whether you have overindulged a little too much or have a tummy bug this medicine helps calm the symptoms. It helps with indigestion, diarrhoea, heartburn and nausea.
            Pale pink in colour this provides you with a "wintergreen" flavour, I have to laugh at this because it basically tastes of germaline in my opinion. It's not a nasty taste - just a little odd tasting.
            It works very quickly to help relieve your symptoms and I have found it particularly good for nausea and indigestion.
            Pepto bismol does come in a cherry flavour now but I have not seen that widely available in comparison to the original. It also comes in tablet form and a new child's version is now available.
            As with all medicines there are some medical conditions which this could interfere with, so check with the pharmacist before buying.
            This item retails around £4.99 for the 240ml and £7.65 for 480ml. So if it's something you use regularly and don't mind the taste I would recommend the larger bottle.
            It's much better cold so I pop it in the fridge after use.

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            14.04.2011 03:50
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            If Willy Wonka made medicine..........

            Sometimes you just know something is going to help you feel better, it looks conservative, understated and it tastes of nothing, well for all those people, Pepto Bismol is your worst nightmare, a medicine for sickness, nausea and stomach problems it is thick and bright pink and it really looks like it should be banned for use of too many additives rather than used to make you feel better.

            Pepto Bismol is available from all decent chemists and supermarkets and comes in a range of sizes from 120ml to 240ml to 480ml. We have the 240 ml bottle in our house as an alternative to tablets when we are at home, we use it mainly for stomach issues (Resolving unsettled stomach quickly without tablets), obviously when out, we take other tablets for any eventuality, we bought the bottle for £4.99 in Boots.

            In a small bottle with a pink lid, the bottle has changed appearance slightly from when I was smaller, nowadays it has a yellow label with pink wording for the product as well as instructions on how to use it, when to use it and what it is specifically designed to help.

            Pepto Bismol is unlike many other medicines, something you can take every 60-90 minutes, you simply fill the small cup at the top and swallow it, although it directs you to take two table spoons or 30ml, this is roughly equivalent. You can only take up to 8 servings per day, it is thick and has a strange almost leafy taste, it does what it says and helps line and protect your stomach, it feels as though it does, in a strange comforting way.


            Ingredients: Bismuth Subsalicylate, Aluminium Magnesium Silicate, Methylcellulose, Methyl Salicylate, Sorbic Acid (E200), Benzoic Acid (E210), Salicylic Acid, Saccharin Sodium, Sodium Salicylate, Amaranth (E123), and Purified Water.

            Pepto Bismol can be taken before or after food and won't make you drowsy or feel tired, I prefer to take it before food, as during sickness, it makes my stomach feel less fragile and allows me to assess whether I can actually eat anything or not, it can affect the colour of your tongue and some less salubrious bodily functions, but this is due to the colouring and it dissipates quickly following use.

            Overall, this is the silliest looking medicine I have ever seen, its been a family favourite since childhood and i've always found it to work quickly and effectively, especially for nausea in lining the stomach.

            As with many other medicines, Pepto Bismol is no longer recommended for infants, I would also suggest it shouldn't be used around infants, as my partner took some whilst babysitting our niece and the toddler knocked some of the liquid onto our cream carpet, causing a stain that we have managed to make smaller, but have been unable to totally shift, this is frustrating, but also makes you wonder what it does to ones body if it can do that to a carpet!!!

            A worthy part of the medicine cabinet, although a bottle should last a year or two at least, if you don't go crazy with it, save it for home use and have tablets for any journeys whilst feeling weak in your stomach.

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              26.03.2011 21:25
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              Very good product which works

              I do often get problems with nausea and indigestion, which I believe is due to the side effects of prescription medicine ! take, and I recently tried Pepto- Bismol. It has an odd appearance, bright pink, and many people would not like the taste, including me, but I did'nt care, I would have swallowed vinegar if it gave me some relief! I found it did help, my nausea improved, and it does deal effectively with indigestion, I am a big fan of it, as I have tried many different products, but this was the only one I found which dealt with both the nausea and indigestion, though I should stress this worked for me, others may find it works differently on them.

              A word of caution, read the back of the bottle carefully to ensure you are not in a group of people who should not take this medicine. However it works foe me and gave me much needed relief.

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              20.03.2011 11:14
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              I don't to tend to get an upset stomach all that often, and woould say it is more a crampy type of pain that I get. I always take a bottle of this on holiday as you just never know what will happen with perhaps a change in Cusine. This and Immodium always goes in my Suitcase.

              You get a bottle of this for around the £3.50-£4 mark and you get a good few goes out of it. You get this in a few different bottle sizes and it is the smallest 1 that I get which I think is the 120ml one. The larger the bottle the cheaper per ml it works out.

              The bottle looks like the Dooyoo picture. A plastic bottle which is slightly shaped with a plastic measuring cup on the top and a quite bright yellow label around the bottle. Certainly stands out alright due to the mixture of colours.

              So just shake the bottle, pour some out into the cup and down the Liquid. Not the best tasting liquid. Smells a bt like Calamine Lotion with a Chalky taste to it. After drinking this it leaves a powdery taste in your mouth and just an odd taste to be honest.

              You can have a dose of this every 30 minutes if you wish, and the cup is a 30ml dose as well, so you can finish this small bottle in only 4 goes.

              The symptoms this helps ease are heartburn, Upset Stomach, Nausea and Indigestion. Do I think that this medicine helps? Yes. Even after just the 1 shot of this I felt as if my Stomach pain wasn't all that bad, and certain after having another dose a bit later on then I felt like the pains were nearly away. It seems to work fast as well, and I would recommend this product for helping with Stomach problems.

              A worthwhile buy which helps with making you feel so much better.

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              15.03.2011 20:01
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              if you have a bug get someone to check it's suitable for you - recomended

              Luckily I do not often suffer from stomach upsets and when I do Andrews liver salts always do the trick. However, last year I had that awful 48 hour bug - you know the one - which caused me to suffer not only an upset tummy but also nausea and basically a pain in the gut. It was dreadful at the time and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

              Hubby hates going to the chemist but nipped out to our local Lloyds and came back with an astonishingly pink (and I mean PINK) bottle as shown in the Dooyoo pic. To be honest I thought that something as gawdy and girly as this would not help but apparently the pharmacist highly recommended it.

              I had the 430 ml size which cost £7.49 and it saw me through the whole 2 days plus there was a lot left over - good job really as hubby came down with the same bug not long after! Apparently you can buy smaller bottles and I believe the 120ml one costs £3.49 whilst the 240ml costs around £4.99. This may sound expensive but it proved to be well worth every penny.

              It is a pink liquid in a pink bottle with a pink cap - strange how such an odd-looking medicine can be taken seriously but we both felt much better after 3 - 4 doses.

              It has a child-proof cap ( a devil for me to open these!) and is suitable for children over 12. There are some people though who cannot use this medicine and those with kidney problems etc should read the back where it lists all cases where it is not advised to consume.

              I was a bit weak at the time so although I did as I was told and shook the bottle, I obviously did not shake it hard enough as my first dose was very watery.

              It is about the same consistency as calamine lotion - in fact it tastes a bit like that too - mixed with Deep Heat - ugh! However, it is not undrinkable and certainly does the trick.

              You are advised to have 30ml per dose and you can take it every 30 minutes to an hour as reuired but not to exceed the stated dose (details given both on the reverse of the bottle and in the enclosed leaflet). I wouldn't say I looked forward eagerly to having my 30ml but the fact that I knew it was helping me made me down it on the hour.

              The main active ingredient in Peptomisol is bismuth subsalicylate which works in conjunction with the other (listed) ingredients to 'form a soothing protective antiseptic coating of the stomach and intestine'. Well, I am no chemist but I can tell you it really worked well for us.

              One problem however - fairly loose dark stools - to be polite. I didn't mind though because my stomach cramps had gone, as had my nausea and loose dark stools are far better than having the squits.

              I would highly recommend this product but I hope you don't need to buy it. Do not forget to shake the bottle HARD though before use :)

              5 stars from me for this pink product.

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                14.01.2011 18:45
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                Don't chance it. There's many more effective medications out there

                Back Story...

                I've had to take it before and it's not hugely pleasant.

                Important Stuff...

                Pepto Bismol is a very American medicine. It's made in America and mainly used in America. It's generally used to treat minor stomach upsets like diarrhoea, heartburn and indigestion. Its active ingredient is something called Bismuth Subsalicylate. It shouldn't be used in children with flu or chicken pox, or any kind of temperature, as the salicylate content, like Aspirin, has been proven to be linked to causing a mecical condition called Reye's Syndrome which is extremely serious. This is the first reason I don't like Pepto Bismol. It's difficult to know when not to use it if you're not medically trained or did not previously know this fact. You should also not take it when breastfeeding, as it can be transferred to the baby in the breast milk. Sure, it is sometimes effective, but not moreso than other medications, and would you take the risk in giving a child something which could make them extremely ill when it is not necessary?
                The main thing you need to know if you're going to take Pepto Bismol is that it turns your tongue and your... faeces... black. I don't know the mechanism of this, but I do know that it's the bismuth in it that does it. The usual thing that people associate with black stools is a GI bleed - basically, bleeding in your digestive system. This is a very serious symptom, so I've heard of many people going to A&E or their GP convinced that they are dying, when it is just a simple case of 'pepto bismol poo', as a GP I did work experience called it. Of course if you still have black stools for days after not taking the Pepto Bismol, you must get it checked out by a medical professional.
                As a child, when I was forced to take pepto bismol, I was intrigued, as it is the most sickly colour of barbie pink in the world. I loved Barbies, so naturally I was excited to drink something the same colour as my bedroom walls. Also, when you are a child and you don't like the taste of something, you won't eat/drink it. As soon as the Pepto Bismol gets anywhere near your face, the smell of Deep Heat hits you like a brick wall. Essentially I think it is known as 'Oil of Wintergreen' or something similar, but it really does smell (and taste) of deep heat. Luckily, nowadays they have brought out a cherry flavoured one, for if you really need to take it. It's about the same thickness as Gaviscon - a thick, sticky liquid basically.

                Contraindications (interactions with other medical conditions/medications)...

                - Medications:
                * Methotrexate
                * Doxycycline
                * Probenecid
                * Sulfinpyrazone
                * Tamarind - yes, the tree/herb you use in cooking

                You'll know if you're on any of these, so don't worry if you don't recognise their names.

                - Medical Conditions:
                * Gout-- The salicylate in this medicine may worsen the gout and make the medicines taken for gout less effective
                * Haemophilia or other bleeding problems--The salicylate in this medicine may increase the chance of bleeding
                * Kidney disease--There is a greater chance of side effects because the body may be unable to get rid of the bismuth subsalicylate
                * Stomach ulcer--Use of this medicine may make the ulcer worse

                Where can you get it..?

                GYou can get it from most pharmacies and chemists, but I don't think you can get it on prescription from your doctor, although I could be wrong... 480ml from Boots costs £7.15 (correct on 14/01/11)

                Overall...

                I don't believe Pepto Bismol is the most effective medicine for stomach upsets on the market, but you might want to get it just because it's so pink...

                Thanks for reading! Hope this is useful :)

                (c) xxsupergirlxo

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                  effective relief for stomach upsets

                  I first found out about Pepto Bismol about five years ago when I was suffering from a terrible stomach upset. I was not able to keep any food or liquid down for more than a few minutes, so I decided to pop to my local pharmacy for some advice on what may help. They recommended Pepto Bismol to see if it clamed things down and if not to consult further advice from my doctor.

                  ~~~~~What Is It / Uses~~~~~
                  Pepto Bismol's main active ingredient is Bismuth Subsalicylate which as stated on the packaging works in conjunction with the rest of the medicine to form a soothing, protective, antiseptic coating of your stomach and intestine.
                  You can buy it in liquid form or capsules and chewable sweets. I have only ever tried the liquid form which from memory can only describe the taste as like a mild TCP, its was not an awful taste but not the best. The liquid can be used for:
                  -Heartburn
                  -Indigestion
                  -Nausea
                  -Upset Stomach
                  -Diarrhoea

                  ~~~~~Price/Availability~~~~~
                  Pepto Bismol comes in three different sized bottles 120ml (£3.49), 240ml (£4.99), 480ml (£7.49), prices are shown as priced on www.boots.com. You can buy Pepto Bismol in most pharmacies, boots, superdrug and some larger supermarkets.

                  ~~~~~Packaging~~~~~
                  This is not a product that you can easily loose in even the most crowded medical cabinet. Its very bold and bright pink bottle along with yellow label certainly means it stands out.
                  On the front of the packet you can find information about what the liquid helps to relieve symptoms off. On the back is much more detailed information including how to take the medicine, full ingredients listings as well as any warnings associated with taking the product.
                  The cap on the bottle is a child safety one, which means you have to both push down the cap and turn at the same time to enable you to open it. There is also a small clear measuring cap that sits over the top of the screw cap making it easy to measure the medicine accurately.

                  ~~~~~How to Take~~~~~
                  This product is only recommended for adults and children over the age of 12 years. You need to shake the bottle well before use to make sure it is well mixed as some ingredients may settle at the bottom of the bottle. It then states to take 30ml (two tsp) ever half to one hour as needed, but not to exceed 240ml (16 tsp) in any 24 hour period.
                  I took this medicine every hour for about four hours during a bad stomach upset and it worked fantastically settling both my stomach and stopping my diarrhoea. It is also stated on the packaging to drink plenty of fluids and clear water to stop dehydration associated with vomiting and diarrhoea.

                  ~~~~~My Opinion~~~~~
                  This medicine worked brilliantly for me it gave me quick relief from what was a terrible stomach upset. It was also great to find a product that helped not only with the nausea and sickness but also the diarrhoea at the same time without taking several products.
                  The taste is a little hard to bare at first as when you are feeling sick all the time the thought of swallowing a foul tasting medicine is not very appealing. I think next time I would try the capsules instead or the chewable peppermint tablets. Although I have noticed on the pepto bismol website that they have a new cherry flavoured medicine, I would suggest looking out for this one instead of the original.
                  Overall a great product that does what it claims to do and certainly one I would use again in a similar situation.
                  5 stars as although it tastes awful it works!

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                  Pepto-Bismol 17.5mg/ml Oral Suspension / Fast relief of heartburn, indigestion, nausea and upset stomach / Controls diarrhoea / Each 5 ml dose contains 87.6 mg of the active ingredient Bismuth Subsalicylate.