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Good news for those with an embarrassing problem.

Bismuth subgallate, the active ingredient of a number of over-the-counter preparations, has long been used for a variety of gastrointestinal problems. One of its lesser-known uses has recently been the object of scrutiny by the Food and Drug Administration-its effect in reducing fecal odor among colostomy and ileostomy patients.

The FDA panel of experts reviewed two studies, one that involved ileostomy patients and the other that examined patients who had both ileostomies and colostomies. The studies concluded that the use of bismuth subgallate resulted in definite improvement in fecal odor. The panel also cited the experience of the members of the United Ostomy Association, who report 20 years of successful long-term use of this ingredient, with widespread patient acceptance. The FDA thus concluded that bismuth subgallate is a safe and effective over-the-counter treatment to control ostomy odors. However, it cautions consumers to use dosages currently recommended by manufacturers of the products that contain this ingredient.

The FDA panel addressed only the question of bismuth subgallate's ability to improve fecal odor among ostomy patients. However, others who have used the product are convinced of its effectiveness in reducing fecal odor from flatus. Given the panel's conclusion regarding its safety, there seems to be no reason for persons with problem fecal odor to avoid a trial course of bismuth subgallate.

For any of our readers who would like to undergo a trial course, we are pleased to offer 100 tablets of Colo-Fresh for only $11.99-more than a month's supply. Call 1-800-621-9355 to order by Visa or MasterCard. You can also send a check or money order for as many bottles as desired to: The American Foundation for Preventive Medicine, P.O. Box 1144, Indianapolis, IN 46206. The foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, and proceeds from the sale of this product go to medical education and research.
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Title Annotation:using bismuth subgallate to reduce fecal odor
Publication:Medical Update
Date:Mar 1, 1992
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