Quick Relief for Bad IBS Diarrhea with Pepto Bismol
Folks with IBS-D (diarrhea) have probably experienced week-long bouts of diarrhea. I mean those embarrassing, painful, out-of-this-world diarrhea. It random hits and it’s definitely not fun. If you have experienced this before, then Pepto Bismol should be an easy option to consider.
Every few months or so, my digestive system decides to remind me that I have IBS. Despite all the expensive probiotics I take, all the efforts in a low-FODMAPs diet, and all the care in the world, IBS still flares up from time to time. Whenever I go through bad periods of diarrhea, I turn to my pink friend Pepto Bismol.
What is Pepto Bismol?
Pepto Bismol is an over-the-counter reliever of upset stomach and diarrhea. Made by Procter and Gamble, a company we are all very familiar with.
The active ingredient in the drug is bismuth subsalicylate. This digestive problem-solver comes in all forms and flavors. Most of the time it’s pink and in the liquid form. I prefer the chew-able tablets that you can see below.
It also doesn’t hurt to know that this antidiarrheal is the number one pharmacist recommended brand.
How can Pepto Bismol help me?
First, I want to point out that Pepto Bismol isn’t just limited to those with IBS. In fact, you’ve probably heard of this brand way before you knew what IBS was. Frequent travelers for work or pleasure probably had to use a product like this from time to time.
Pepto Bismol provides quick relief to a wide range of IBS digestive symptoms for that broad peace of mind.
What I like about Pepto Bismol is that it provides relief for five digestive symptoms. Coincidentally, all five of these symptoms are what IBS patients are most familiar with. Especially IBS-D patients. Diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, and general upset stomach (that “something is weird” feeling) probably hit us from time to time.
How does Pepto Bismol work?
This drug alleviates digestive troubles by coating the stomach. The active ingredient also kills bacteria in the stomach that causes diarrhea.
The liquid itself is pink but from my research, it does nothing besides just being pink.
My IBS experience with Pepto Bismol
In my experience, Pepto Bismol has offered me the fastest relief from diarrhea. I do not get diarrhea too often these days. When I do, it is usually a random IBS flare-up instead of eating the wrong thing or being stressed out.
My gastroenterologist recommended that I take this orally whenever I have bad diarrhea and need relief. He mentioned that everyone’s situation and tolerance is different. You should consult with your doctor if you have IBS and are looking for symptom management.