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Helidac Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose

What happens if I miss a dose (Helidac)?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

If you miss more than 4 doses in a row, call your doctor for instructions.

What happens if I overdose (Helidac)?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, slow breathing, ringing in you ears, fever, fast heart rate, confusion, numbness or tingling, or seizure (convulsions).

What should I avoid while taking bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline (Helidac)?

Do not take this medicine with milk or other dairy products (cheese, yogurt, etc) unless your doctor has told you to. Dairy products can make it harder for your body to absorb the medicine. Do not take iron supplements, multivitamins, calcium supplements, antacids, or laxatives within 2 hours before or after you take this medication.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Tetracycline can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.

Avoid alcohol while you are taking this medication and for 1 day after your treatment ends. Alcohol can increase certain unpleasant side effects of metronidazole. Check the label of any medicine, drink, or food to see if a contains alcohol.

What other drugs will affect bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline (Helidac)?

The following drugs can interact with bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline. Do not take any of these medicines within 2 hours before or after you take bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline:

  • cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid);
  • antacids or laxatives that contain calcium, magnesium, or aluminum (such as Amphojel, Maalox, Milk of Magnesia, Mylanta, Rolaids, Rulox, Tums, and others); or
  • vitamin or mineral supplements that contain iron, zinc, calcium, or magnesium.

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • aspirin;
  • cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB);
  • disulfiram (Antabuse);
  • lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith);
  • probenecid (Benemid);
  • any other type of antibiotic;
  • birth control pills;
  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
  • oral diabetes medication; or
  • seizure medicine such as phenytoin (Dilantin) or phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about bismuth subsalicylate, metronidazole, and tetracycline.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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