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I'm 38 weeks pregnant and took a dose of pepto for the

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant and took a dose of pepto for the stomach flu. I've taken it a few times this pregnancy, but just found out it's not approved for use during pregnancy. Now I'm scared I've hurt the baby or myself.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. SH replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.

Yes that is right but at 38 weeks it is HIGHLY UNLIKELY to cause any harm to the baby.

Most harm happens when such tablets are taken in the first three months of pregnancy.

So I would not worry too much at all.

You and your baby should be fine.

Let me know if you have more questions.

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Kindest regards

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


You need to talk to your OB gyn doctor.

The salycilate part of the peptobismal is the concern.

In fact, there is no good data on this drug as to outcomes

And intoxication is possible later in pregnancy.

I also see from your statement that you took it earlier in pregnancy as well. So, another reason to let your doctor know.

It is likely you will have no problem, but that can not be entirely assumed.

Talk with your doctor; have an exam.

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