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November 1, 2010 Dear Dr. Wilson, In my last question,

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November 1,XXXXX Wilson,

In my last question, you advised me to take Metamucil to stop the diarrhea caused by my baths with MgSO4. Should I take the Metamucil BEFORE or AFTER bathing with MgSO4? I am also planning to use PEPTO-BISMOL to help with the diarrhea. Like the Metamucil, should I take the PEPTO-BISMOL BEFORE or AFTER a bath with MgSO4 to get the most out these antidiarrheal products? If you have any ideas about timing (For example, take Metamucil 15 minutes before/after a bath), please let me know.


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Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 5 years ago.

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Hello, and I am pleased to help, use of my answers are for educational purposes only.
I don't remember saying anything about Magnesium baths...
But, you can use the Metamucil at any time of the day - this is basically a fiber product that bulks your stool up to a more solid form.
Peptobismol coats your stomach to help with ulcers...
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

The label on the bottle of Pepto-BISMOL indicates that this product is also effective in treating the following 5 ailments. 1) NAUSEA, 2) HEARTBURN, 3) Indigestion, 4)Upset Stomach, and 5) DIARRHEA. Ailments in capital letters pertain to me. Nausea, and Heartburn go away instantly when I take Pepto-Bismol. My question is: How long does it take for Pepto-BISMOL to arrest diarrhea?





Expert:  Dr. Owen replied 5 years ago.
Pepto Bismol is not something that I really see helping with diarrhea - you might want to try a product called Imodium or Lomotil for diarrhea and combing with Metamucil should help you.
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