Kaopectate Drug Information
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Kaopectate is used to treat occasional upset stomach, heartburn, and nausea. It is also used to treat diarrhea and help prevent travelers' diarrhea. It works by helping to slow the growth of bacteria that might be causing the diarrhea. Kaopectate should not be used to self-treat diarrhea if you also have a fever or blood/mucus in the stools. These could be signs of a serious health condition. Consult your doctor promptly for proper evaluation and treatment if you have these symptoms. Kaopectate is used under a doctor's direction with other medication to treat stomach ulcers caused by a certain bacteria (Helicobacter pylori). Do not use Kaopectate to self-treat ulcers. Bismuth subsalicylate is a salicylate. Salicylates can cause serious bleeding problems when used alone in patients with ulcers. Check the ingredients on the label even if you have used the product before. The manufacturer may have changed the ingredients. Also, products with similar names may contain different ingredients meant for different purposes. Taking the wrong product could harm you.
How to Use Kaopectate
Take Kaopectate by mouth, usually as needed, as directed by the product package or as directed by your doctor. The Dosage of Kaopectate is based on your age, medical condition, and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or take Kaopectate more often than directed. Do not take more of Kaopectate than recommended for your age. There are many brands and forms of bismuth subsalicylate available. Read the dosing instructions carefully for each product because the dosing directions may be different between products. If you are using the chewable tablets, chew each tablet well and swallow. If you are using the liquid form of Kaopectate, shake the bottle well before each dose. Measure the dose carefully using a special measuring device/cup. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Kaopectate may react with other medications (such as tetracycline antibiotics, chloroquine), preventing them from being fully absorbed by your body. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about how to schedule your medications to prevent this problem. If your doctor has directed you to use Kaopectate daily, use it regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse. If you are taking Kaopectate for diarrhea, tell your doctor if your diarrhea lasts more than 2 days.
See also Uses section. Before taking bismuth subsalicylate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you are allergic to aspirin, to salicylates (such as salsalate), or to NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib); or if you have any other allergies. Kaopectate may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Kaopectate, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,bleeding problems (such as hemophilia), bloody/black/tarry stools, gout. Kaopectate may contain aspartame. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to restrict your intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist about using Kaopectate safely. Before having surgery, tell your doctors or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). Kaopectate contains an aspirin-like product (salicylate). Children and teenagers younger than 18 years should not take Kaopectate if they have chickenpox, flu, or any undiagnosed illness or if they have recently received a vaccine. In these cases, taking aspirin or aspirin-like products increases the risk of Reye's syndrome, a rare but serious illness. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant. Kaopectate may harm an unborn baby and cause problems with normal labor/delivery. It is not recommended for use in pregnancy from 20 weeks until delivery. If your doctor decides that you need to use Kaopectate between 20 and 30 weeks of pregnancy, you should use the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. You should not use Kaopectate after 30 weeks of pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if Kaopectate passes into breast milk. However, similar drugs pass into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Kaopectate, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.valproic acid, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (such as acetazolamide), corticosteroids (such as prednisone), dichlorphenamide, methotrexate. Kaopectate may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with other drugs that also may cause bleeding. Examples include anti-platelet drugs such as clopidogrel, "blood thinners" such as dabigatran/enoxaparin/warfarin, among others. Check all prescription and nonprescription medicine labels carefully since many contain pain relievers/fever reducers (NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen) that are similar to Kaopectate and, if taken together, may increase your risk for side effects. Low-dose aspirin should be continued if prescribed by your doctor for specific medical reasons such as heart attack or stroke prevention (usually 81-162 milligrams a day). Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Kaopectate may interfere with certain radiology exams (x-rays of the intestines using contrast dye), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use Kaopectate.
Kaopectate Side Effects
Side effects from Kaopectate are rare. The most common side effects are darkening of the stools and/or tongue. These effects are harmless and will disappear when you stop the medication. If your doctor has directed you to use Kaopectate, remember that your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Kaopectate do not have serious side effects. Vomiting/diarrhea that doesn't stop may result in dehydration. Contact your doctor promptly if you notice any symptoms of dehydration, such as unusual decreased urination, unusual dry mouth/thirst, fast heartbeat, or dizziness/lightheadedness Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects,ringing ears, hearing loss. Kaopectate may rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) bleeding from the stomach or intestines. If you notice any of the following unlikely but serious side effects,stomach/abdominal pain that doesn't go away, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, black/tarry/bloody stools. A very serious allergic reaction to Kaopectate is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Kaopectate when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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