Long-term use is not recommended. To avoid constipation, stop taking antidiarrheal medicines as soon as stools thicken.
If your child
or teen gets
flu, do not treat the symptoms with over-the-counter
medicines that contain bismuth subsalicylate (such as Kaopectate and Pepto-Bismol). If your child has taken this kind of medicine and he or she has
changes in behavior with nausea and vomiting, call your doctor. These symptoms
could be an early sign of
Reye syndrome, a rare but serious illness.
doctor if your child younger than 12 should take these medicines.