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DIMETICONE

Brand Name(s) : Altacite plus, Asilone antacid, Conotrane, Cymex, Dentinox, Hedrin, Siopel, Sprilon, Timodine, Udderly smooth, Vasogon
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

DIMETICONE WARNINGS

Dimeticone should be used with caution:

  • By people with allergies to dimeticone
  • Where it is part of a cream, it should not be swallowed
  • Where it is part of a cream, the other ingredients may not be suitable to use on broken or weeping skin, on the face for long periods of time, or may cause skin reactions at the site of application;
  • Where it is to be swallowed, to relieve wind, it should not be used in high doses. Consult the patient information leaflet.
  • If symptoms persist, you should consult your doctor.

It should not be used in:

  • People who have allergies to dimeticone or any of the other ingredients
  • Also see package information leaflet for details of what to avoid for specific medications that contain dimeticone. In particular Vasogen should not be applied to weeping skin.

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Store below 25°C

DIMETICONE USES

What is it used for?

  • Dimeticone is used as a water-repellent substance in many creams that are applied to the skin.
  • It is an inert polymer.
  • It is used in topical barrier creams for protecting the skin against moisture, irritants and chafing. It is also used in what is known as an 'activated form' to release wind from the stomach and intestine, relieving bloating and indigestions.
  • In general this drug is used in barrier creams that are applied to the skin.

Listed below are the typical uses of dimeticone.

  • For protecting the skin against moisture, irritants and chafing e.g. in the treatment and prevention of nappy rash, bedsores and cracked lips.
  • For the gentle relief of wind and griping pains in babies caused by the swallowed air.

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Apply this medication to the affected area as instructed by your doctor, pharmacist or the enclosed information leaflet.
    The colic drops should be given orally either before or after each feed, depending on the particular product (please check patient information leaflet).
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told not to by your doctor.
  • There is no information on how long this drug takes to reach its full effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • You do not need to avoid anything while using dimeticone, however other ingredients included in medications containing dimeticone may affect your performance. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • Use dimeticone for as long as it is needed. Consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of any concerns.

DIMETICONE SIDE EFFECTS

  • unusual discomfort,
  • reddening

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then stop using and inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • no specific major side effects known, see also symptoms of a serious allergic reaction below.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

DIMETICONE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking dimeticone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other water repellant polymers; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of:

  • allergies to the product or any of the other ingredients;
  • also see package information leaflet for details of what to avoid for specific medications that contain dimeticone. In particular Vasogen should not be applied to weeping skin.

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol intake is not known to affect dimeticone.

The elderly: dimeticone can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Dimeticone is suitable to use during pregnancy. However, you should consult the enclosed package information leaflet for details for the specific medication you are using. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Dimeticone is suitable to take if you are breastfeeding. However, you should consult the enclosed package information leaflet for details for the specific medication you are using.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

DIMETICONE INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur: none known.
Also see package information leaflet for details of medications to avoid when using products containing dimeticone.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use.

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using dimeticone, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

DIMETICONE OVERDOSE

The effects of overdose with dimeticone are not known.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of dimeticone or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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