Simethicone

Description

Simethicone is an anti-flatulent medicine used to reduce excessive gas in the stomach and relieve the symptoms of stomach discomfort, abdominal pain, and flatulence. It may also be used prior to an endoscopic or radiologic examination to eliminate gas from the stomach and enhance visualization. This medicine should be used with caution in patients below 18 years of age since there is limited information on it use in children.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Simethicone

  • Loose stools
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Chills

Uses of Simethicone

What is it prescribed for?

  • Flatulence
  • Post operative gas pain
  • Endoscopy or Radiology premedication
  • Functional gastric disorder
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed immediately after an oral administration.
  • Duration of effect
    This medicine remains active in the body for up to 3 to 4 hours after administration.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendency has been 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 taking 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 taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to simethicone or any other inactive ingredient present along with this medicine.
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 taking 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 taking this medicine.
General warnings

Use in infants

This medicine is not recommended for use in infants for colic pain since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established. An alternative treatment option should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

This medicine is usually taken on an as-needed basis. If you are on a scheduled dosing regimen, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

This medicine is not absorbed into the body; hence, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose and severe symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.
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

Levothyroxine

Liothyronine

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine is usually taken on an as-needed basis. You are advised to take this medicine after meals and at bedtime for the best effect. Do not take in larger amounts than advised or prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects.
Miscelleneous

To be taken after food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine reduces excessive gas in the stomach and relieves symptoms such as stomach discomfort, abdominal pain, and flatulence.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Miscellaneous GI agents

Schedule

OTC

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http://npra.moh.gov.my/images/reg-and-noti/PI/non-poison/Simethicone_Tablet_Capsule.pdf

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DailyMed - Simethicone tablet, chewable [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 10 January 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=330aed4b-7109-09b8-e054-00144ff8d46c

Phazyme [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 10 January 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/6433516#section=Pharmacology-and-Biochemistry

Simethicone - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 10 January 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB09512

DailyMed - simethicone emulsion [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 22 February 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=a61f486b-0563-4cdf-9a56-e118e769e859

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Information on this page was last updated on 22 Feb 2018

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