Pros: sugar free, low sodium, easy to take for children
Cons: hard to remove from plastic packaging, contains saccharin & red dye
The Bottom Line: These tablets worked great for my son, but too many unknowns to feel comfortable. Make sure the child does not have chicken pox or flu before taking.
The first week of June my nine year old son became sick with a virus going around. He spent a weekend vomiting at all hours of the day and night. The other times he visited the bathroom it was with diarrhea.
It got to the point where he slept with a bucket next to his bed, but he was still fearful of going to bed because he did not want to get sick in his sleep.
One night after reassuring him that he would not get sick we woke up in the wee hours of the morning due to his brother being sick in bed. A few days later both kids were both vomiting, so we headed to the Pediatrician. This was one week before the end of school.
Their Doctor said for me to get Pepto Bismol for my older son and Pedialtye or Gatorade. I found at Rite Aid two items for purchase. The first item was a Pedialtye product in flavored jello that I purchased a second time for my son. I also picked up Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets. I spent a good portion of my time at the store reading the labels of the various Pepto-Bismol products and chose the 30 count tablets due to the portability of these as well as listing them for children. I do not feel comfortable buying a product not specified for children, even if a Doctor recommends it.
There are still 25 tablets left in the box. The box has an imprint for the expiration date, October 2005 with a control number for the batch. Inside the box are five plastic sheets with the pink chewable tablets. They are not perforated and need to be torn at the top to remove the tablets. I did try to squeeze one out, but it did not really budge.
The tablets are about the size of a mint and they do leave the tongue pinkish, although my son enjoyed that end result. Each tablet also has P-B on the center, this would make certain no one would confuse this for candy. We lucked out that my son is nine because the dosage for 9 to under 12 years of age is one tablet. For children over 12 they take 2 tablets. Children 3-6 take 1/3 a tablet with those in the age range of 6-9 having 2/3 of a tablet.
You can either chew or let the tablet dissolve in the mouth. My son had no problem chewing the tablet, sometimes having water with it. I did not really pay attention when he first took a tablet on when to take the next one. I was surprised that you can take another dose every 1/2 hour to hour, as needed. There is a limit to eight tablets in any 24-hour period.
The one caution I noted right away on the box stated this is not to be used for children and/or teenagers who are recovering from chicken pox or the flu, as well as those who have either of these. That seems very scary to me to give this to children without consulting with a Doctor first since the flu is common and not always easy to self-diagnose. I would never have chosen this product without first seeing the Doctor and having her recommend it. It is not really specific on how long after recovery from Chicken Pox or the Flu a child could take this.
In my entire 44 years of life I have never taken an antacid product like Tums or Rolaids and do not recall ever enduring Pepto-Bismol, so I was not sure how long it would take to work and was not about to try one, as I sometimes do before administering over the counter medicine to my children. This time my son was on his own, but he loves the pink antibiotic medicine you have to refrigerate, and I was hopeful that the Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets would work quickly and effortlessly.
My son does not like to discuss his bathroom habits, but when I noticed the directions said to stop use if diarrhea occurs with a fever or lasts more than two days, I asked him to tell me if the diarrhea came back. My son never did have a fever, so I was not too worried, just wanted to be on top of things and be prepared.
He liked the taste and was feeling better. He did not have to take another dose for several hours and it was more like a just in case medicine. I had him take one before going to school so he would calm down about having to use the bathroom and raise his hand in time.
Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets are geared for those with symptoms of upset stomach, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea and heartburn. The active ingredient is 262 mg of Bismuth sunsalicylate. The coating soothes the upset stomach and from feedback the original formula tastes good, not chalky.
The inactive ingredients in Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets are - calcium carbonate, flavor, magnesium stearate, mannitol, povidone, red 27 aluminum lake, saccharin, sodium and talc.
If you have gout, diabetes or thinning of the blood consult a Physician before taking. This also makes me nervous because how many people are undiagnosed with diabetes and could be at risk. Also for those allergic to salicylates, including aspirin should not take this. There is also the risk of Reye Syndrome is vomiting or nausea occurs while taking.
I am glad that my son only needed to take five tablets, because this is really something I do not want to keep in my medicine closet and would rather toss out. We survived nine years before needing it and I hope we can continue without another episode of vomiting and diarrhea.
Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets is also known to cause the stool to darken when taking, but I did not consult my son for this type of feedback, just note it may happen in smaller kids and be forewarned.
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