salicylate i read, is an NSAID and pepto-bismal has never caused me to have black stool before.my stool is the same black color that it was before i started using the pepto there is just more of it which i thought would only mean that i am bleeding more. i am also feeling very tired which i read is a symptom of bleeding. i am in the u.s. and i don't have any insurance and i don't have a primary care physician so i don't really know where to go. the hospital that i went to has financial assistance which i may or may not be able to get. my main concern is that i will bleed out and die or that it might be a perforated ulcer. should i go back to the emergency room or just wait and get a referral to a gastroenterologist sometime later this week. and i don't know if i should keep taking the pepto if it is just going to cause me to bleed more.