The Pepto Bismol Black Tongue of Death

Posted: January 3, 2011 in Hillarious
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This is too funny so I have to share it with you. My sister calls me today, totally freaking out. I mean REALLY freaking out. She was sick and missed the movie out with the kids (she was really bummed) but she did take a dose of Pepto Bismol before laying down. Well, when she woke up she looked in the mirror (if you know my sister, you know her obsession with her reflection) and then immediately called me screaming at the top of her lungs that her tongue was going to fall out of her mouth and I HAD to rush over to take her to the emergency room because, with her tongue getting ready to fall out and everything, she couldn’t POSSIBLY drive herself.

Okay, at this point I’m seriously wondering whether or not she’s high. I mean, did she get into someone’s stash or something? What the hell is she talking about? She sounded like she was talking just fine and from what I know, if your tongue is falling out of your mouth or dying off or something you’d probably sound kinda funny and wouldn’t be able to pronounce words properly. So I asked her to calm down and explain to me rationally what the hell was going on.

Turns out my sister woke up from her nap with a black tongue. Okay, honestly, I’d freak too if it happened to me. So I asked her, “Did you eat something funny before you laid down?” The answer was no. She promptly told me that she had not eaten anything because she’d been puking all day. She did take Pepto Bismol though. So I Google “Pepto Bismol Black Tongue” and low and behold, the pretty pink stuff can make it happen. Thank God it’s not permanent or Grandpa would be finding a way to get my sis a tongue transplant or some other plastic surgery to fix it.

I guess the ingredients in Pepto Bismol interact with sulfur or something and can cause your tongue to become black. That’s what happened to my sister. So, a word to the wise, if you get a stomach ache or you feed some Pepto Bismol to your kids and you wake up and someone has a tongue that looks as if it’s been painted black, don’t freak out. No one is dying. No one’s tongue is falling out (oh I will NOT let my sister live that one down). It’s just the Pepto Bismol and it’s only temporary.

See, I’m not a mean person. I could have kept that information to myself and I could have told my sister to call 9-1-1 because she was on the verge of death. Wonder what the paramedics would have said…

I’m really just kidding. I love my sister. I’m glad it was something that simple and all the laughing I was doing on the phone was probably just laughter of relief that nothing serious was really going on.

  1. I just had the same experience as your sister. I contacted Dr Google, otherwise I was ready to call 911!

  2. Percy says:

    Thank goodness I found your post. I woke up with the same thing this morning. I took two Pepto tabs after having Indian food for dinner. Woke up with the black tongue. Wasn’t freaked but definitely wasn’t happy.

  3. flredruby says:

    Woke up with a black tongue and black teeth. Oh my God I freaked out. Since IM a google queen I googled to find out about the peptic Bosnia which I took at bed time for an upset stomach along with my meds which do have sulfur I them. Wow.

  4. Relieved says:

    OMG…thank you so much…that happened to my little girls and me this morning and I was freaking out.

  5. saskiedoc says:

    Thanks for answering my inquiry about my black tongue. I won’t rush off to Emerg.

  6. Thanks my husband woke with a black tongue. None of us freaked out though I just simply sat
    For a few and decided to look up black tongue. So again thank you, by the way funny story, thank god all is well…

  7. Mike says:

    I just woke up with a black tongue and I started thinking what the hell did I eat last night. I’m luck to live in the age of the internet otherwise I might be in the ER myself.

  8. Dee says:

    LOL – strange how that happened to me this morning and I said “gotta google waking up with black tongue”..I too had some pepto bismol during the night… what a relief…thanks for this post

  9. Brittany says:

    I just experienced this 5 minutes ago on my 7 year old daughter. Before she laid down last night I gave her a pepto bismol pill. I freaked out when she showed it to me. The first thing I thought of was brushing it and I got a majority of it off

  10. Scherezada says:

    This happened to me…still happening. I woke up about an hour ago, took a shower and then brushed my took then, surprise black tongue! I freaked out myself and my mother, who was about to call the doctor until I found out this blog and other cases.

  11. Brown Eyes says:

    Thx u so much because it scared the hell out of me!!!

  12. Brown Eyes says:

    OMG thank u so much, because it scared me I didn’t know what to do. So that why I Google when I got to work thank u very much!!!😄

  13. erika says:

    Lol so this happened to me this morning. Thank god for Google cause i was freaking out !

  14. Geri says:

    this happed to me this morning. Thank you so much for posting this story. I just had some dental work done and I thought something went wrong waking up with a black tongue. however, I was bloated with gas last night and ate two pepto tablets just before bed. like the others, I just about went to the ER and I frantically called my Dentist to see what they thought. I feel so much better now that I know this has happed to others.

    • Yolanda Battle says:

      OMG this just happened to me!!! Am still freaking out and shaking. LOL thank you so much for your post you saved me a ER visit. 😂

  15. Jo-Anne says:

    Happened to me this morning, a little concerned but did not freak out, googled it and low and behold you answered my question. Thx

  16. Leticia Hernandez says:

    You did the RIGHT THING by posting this funny, but truthful.
    I thought I was dying too

  17. Karen says:

    Omg I woke up to this this morning. .freaked me right out..Google right away and seen this post. New it had to be this cause I had taken a chewable god my heart skipped a beat or two..was I scared..

  18. Deborah Angelo says:

    it happened to me this morning. I took 1 chewable Pepto Bismal last night. Your story came up first after a web search. Thank you for sharing!!!

  19. Jamie says:

    I woke up thinking I got tongue cancer. My husband laughed at me and then I found ur article and has to laugh. For some reason peptobusmo gets rid of restless legs and I take it for that. Late at night.

  20. Kim Chappell says:

    Same thing happened to me this morning. I was just getting ready to go to urgent care. But I googled what was going on and saw your comment. Guess what, I took Pepto Bismol at bedtime. I freaked out when I saw my young this morning. Pays to google!

  21. Gemstar says:

    That just happened to me lol

  22. Bunny Robey says:

    Woke up this morning with a black tongue. I had took a Pepto tablet when, I went to bed last night.

  23. Griselle Olivencia says:

    Thank you!!! You made my day!!

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