Dimethicone

Description

Dimethicone is used to treat or prevent symptoms such as a dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritation associated with diaper dermatitis. It is also used as a solution or spray to treat head lice.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Dimethicone

  • Itching of skin
  • Rash
  • Redness of skin
  • Hair loss

Uses of Dimethicone

What is it prescribed for?

  • Diaper rash
  • Head lice
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to dimethicone or any other inactive ingredient present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Use in Pediatrics

Spray: This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 2 years of age. Cream: This medicine can be used in pediatric patients as per your doctor's instructions.

External use

This medicine is recommended for external use only. Care should be taken while using this medicine so that it is not swallowed and it does not get into the eyes. If the medicine is swallowed, contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment. If the medicine gets into the eyes, you are advised to immediately rinse the eyes with water for at least 10 to 15 minutes.

Chances of burns

The hairspray form of this medicine may be volatile. You are advised to stay away from sources of intense heat and open flames to avoid ignition of the mixture and chances of burns. You are also advised to avoid smoking while using this medicine.

Missed Dose

Cream: This medicine is usually applied on an as-needed basis. If you are on a scheduled dosing regimen of this medicine, apply the missed dose as soon as possible. Spray: This medicine is usually applied twice, the second treatment 8 to 10 days after the first one. If you miss applying the second treatment, apply it as soon as possible or contact your doctor for further instructions.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not expected to cause severe symptoms. If you swallow this medicine, contact your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical treatment.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Use this medicine exactly as advised by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
When applied to the skin, this medicine forms a layer to delay the evaporation of water. This helps to prevent the skin from becoming dry. It thus acts as a skin-conditioning agent and skin protectant. When used for the hair, it kills head lice.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Miscellaneous topical agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Dimethicone - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 17 April 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB11074

DailyMed - Dimethicone cream [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 17 April 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=37eadaaa-f2ad-4c8b-babf-3762c9ff777b

[Internet]. Pedia-pharm.com. 2018 [cited 17 April 2018]. Available from:

http://www.pedia-pharm.com/en/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2014/03/NYDA-Product-Monograph-2012-09-11-EN.pdf

VigiAccess [Internet]. Vigiaccess.org. 2018 [cited 17 April 2018]. Available from:

http://www.vigiaccess.org/

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Information on this page was last updated on 30 Apr 2018

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