Can Pepto Bismol contribute to dark urine and stools?
May be concentration of your urine.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.
The Peptobismol would cause the dark stool but it would not affect urine color normally.
If you are drinking or eating even slightly less because of the stomach pain and generally not feeling well, then this may cause the darkening of your urine because it has become concentrated.
It is possible that you may have a viral illness, this is the most common reason for these symptoms.
Headache and lightheaded sensation are common symptoms in many viral illnesses. In this case since you have stomach pain, a virus affecting the gastrointestinal tract is most likely.
You can consider the use of peppermint or ginger tea to help ease your abdominal discomfort.
Nausea , vomiting and diarrhea, may or may not occur. The Peptobismol would help with these.
You should consider drinking sips of fluids, even if you do not feel like drinking a lot at a time. If vomiting or diarrhea occur, then oral hydration drinks or very dilute sport drinks (to reduce the sugar), can be used.
Probiotics also tend to help with abdominal symptoms as well.
If the pain is severe or there is associated fever, you should consider seeing your doctor to rule out a surgical cause.
I hope this helps.
Dr. Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician
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