Bismuth salts are used alone or together with other components in preparations against gastritis and diarrhea.Bismuth salicylate contains about 60% bismuth and 40% salicylate. At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk were found. Bismuth is not absorbed into the systemic circulation of the mother. There may be a risk of absorption of salicylate in the case of bismuth salicylate, although in small quantity (<1% of the maternal dose), but no cases of Reye's syndrome have been reported after taking bismuth salicylate or other non-acetylated salicylate compounds. Due to the otherwise minimum risk of Reye's syndrome and the indiscriminate use of bismuth subsalicylate for treatment of gastroenteritis cannot be justifiable since most of gastroenteritis do not require medication instead a simply adequate hydration, a safer alternative should be desirable while breastfeeding, like the other salts of bismuth (citrate, etc).
CAS Number: 14882-18-9
Because of the possibility of absorption of salicylate from the breastmilk by the infant, alternatives are preferred.
Pepto-bismol | Bismuth Subsalicylate Tablet is safe in breastfeeding and should not create any health problem for your baby but in case you feel any health issue associated with Pepto-bismol | Bismuth Subsalicylate Tablet you should contact your doctor or health care provider. Be it pregnancy or lactation you shall keep your doctor informed.
Definitely, Pepto-bismol | Bismuth Subsalicylate Tablet is safe in lactation for baby. No wonder your doctor has recommended it.
No extra baby monitoring required while mother is using Pepto-bismol | Bismuth Subsalicylate Tablet
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