Note: This document contains side effect information about bismuth subsalicylate. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Pink Bismuth.
Applies to bismuth subsalicylate: oral suspension, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable
Along with its needed effects, bismuth subsalicylate (the active ingredient contained in Pink Bismuth) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking bismuth subsalicylate:
In some patients bismuth subsalicylate may cause dark tongue and/or grayish black stools. This is only temporary and will go away when you Stop taking bismuth subsalicylate.
Applies to bismuth subsalicylate: compounding powder, oral suspension, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable
Rare (less than 0.1%): Myoclonic encephalopathy
Frequency not reported: Weakness, fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, unsteady gait, motor incoordination, loss of memory, jerky movements, mental confusion, disorientation, difficulty in walking and speaking, tremor, myoclonic jerks, incontinence
Nervous system toxicity is a common feature of bismuth toxicity. Bismuth toxicity is characterized by the insidious onset of weakness and fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, unsteady gait, motor incoordination, loss of memory, and jerky movements. Acute toxicity may result in the development of mental confusion, disorientation, difficulty in walking and speaking, tremor, myoclonic jerks, and incontinence.
Myoclonic encephalopathy has occurred in patients who have ingested bismuth for several months to years, but the incidence is very rare. Recovery of patients from bismuth encephalopathy may take several months following discontinuation of use. Bismuth encephalopathy has generally been reported in patients ingesting salts other than subsalicylate.
Salicylism has been reported in patients who chronically ingest bismuth subsalicylate (the active ingredient contained in Pink Bismuth) Common complaints include vertigo, diminished hearing, lethargy, CNS dysfunction, confusion, tinnitus, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Patients may present with respiratory alkalosis and metabolic acidosis, azotemia, and hypoprothrombinemia and platelet dysfunction. The elderly may be particularly vulnerable to the development of salicylism.
Frequency not reported: Salicylism
Very common (10% or more): Black stool
Common (1% to 10%): Black tongue
Frequency not reported: Nausea, vomiting
Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.
Source: Drugs.com Pink Bismuth