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Bismuth is a crystalline, trivalent earth element with a reddish appearance. Its salts have been used as an astringent, antiseptic, sedative, and in treating diarrhea and syphilis. Since the introduction of antibiotics, treatment with bismuth has declined.

The German Commission E has noted that the absorption of substances administered simultaneously with sarsaparilla is increased e.g. digitalis glycosides and bismuth.


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Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Stedman's Medical Dictionary. 24th edition. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1982.

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