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Pepto Bismol

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Must-have for international travel

Sep 7, 2000
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Pros:Effective, tasteless

Cons:None

Five years ago, I was consulting a travel physician before leaving for a multi-country international trip. Aside from the usual recommendations to avoid local water, salads, etc., I was surprised when he recommended that I take Pepto Bismol (as directed) before having any sort of stomach problems.

According to my physician, taking Pepto Bismol proactively (before having any symptoms) can reduce your chances of travelers' diarrhea by 50%. True, you still need to be careful about what you eat and drink, but when I'm traveling on vacation, a little extra insurance is helpful. I have been doing this for the last five years with great success. I like the caplets because they are convenient to carry and because I don't think I could handle the taste of other forms of Pepto Bismol day after day.

There is one side effect -- harmless and weird, but well documented. Some people have their tongue turn black from taking Pepto Bismol on a daily basis -- the effect is harmless and non-permanent. It's so well documented that Jeff Greenwald in his autobiographical travel book "The Size of the World" even encounters this.

One other recommendation: Take your Pepto Bismol with you. One time when I had stomach difficulties in Japan (I don't take Pepto Bismol there because of the high level of sanitation), I found out that they don't sell Pepto Bismol in Japan, even at the American Pharmacy in Tokyo.



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