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SIMETICONE

Brand Name(s) : Dentinox Infant Colic Drops, Infacol, Wind-eze, Wind-eze Gel Caps
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

SIMETICONE WARNINGS

Simeticone should be used with caution in:

  • None known

It should not be used in:

  • Allergy to simeticone or to any other ingredient in the product
  • Children under 12 years old (Wind-eze)
  • Infants with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency (Dentinox Infant Colic Drops as the medication contains sucrose)

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Do not store above 25°C.

SIMETICONE USES

What is it used for?

  • Simeticone is used to relieve wind and discomfort due to trapped air.
  • It is an anti-flatulent defoaming agent.
  • It is used to break down small bubbles of air trapped in the stomach and bowel to larger bubbles. These larger bubbles can easily be passed as wind or belching. This helps to relieve any stomach discomfort or swelling due to trapped air. Simeticone (activated dimeticone) is also available in combination with various other agents such as aluminium hydroxide, citric acid, calcium carbonate, dicycloverine, hydrotalcite, loperamide, magnesium hydroxide and sodium bicarbonate.
  • In general this drug is used to relieve wind and related symptoms in infants and adults.

Listed below are the typical uses of simeticone.

  • Relief of griping pain, colic or wind due to swallowed air in infants (Infacol and Dentinox Infant Colic Drops)
  • Symptomatic relief of flatulence, wind pains, bloating, abdominal swelling and other symptoms associated with gastrointestinal gas (Wind-eze).

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?

  • Infacol for infants
    Give this medication to your baby as one drop placed on the tongue before each feed.
    If after a few days your baby still has colic, you can double the dose to two drops, especially at night before the evening feed.
  • Dentinox Infant Colic Drops for infants
    Give this medication to your baby as one measured dose of the syringe, with or after each feed. The medication can be added to your baby's bottle or placed in the baby's mouth directly from the syringe. Wash the syringe with warm water and dry after use. Do not exceed the maximum daily dose
  • Wind-eze Gel Caps for adults
    Take this medication by mouth usually one gel capsule, 3 or 4 times daily or as required for relief, after meals and before you go to bed.
  • Wind-eze tablets for adults
    Take this medication by mouth usually one tablet, 3 or 4 times daily or as required for relief, after meals and before you go to bed. Chew the tablets before swallowing.
  • It may take several days before the full benefit of this drug takes 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?

  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • Infacol and Dentinox Infant Colic Drops
    You can stop giving the medication to your infant when the symptoms have cleared up. You can use this medication for a few weeks. If there is no improvement or your baby seems to be getting worse, you should consult your health visitor or doctor.
  • Wind-eze
    You can stop taking the medication when your symptoms have cleared up. If your symptoms persist or worsen, you should consult your doctor for medical advice.

SIMETICONE SIDE EFFECTS

Infacol

  • None known

  • Wind-eze
  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Constipation
  • Allergic reactions such as rash, itching, swelling of the face and tongue, breathing difficulties (rare side effect)

Dentinox Infant Colic Drops

  • Allergic reaction (drops contain nipasept, which can cause allergic reactions, possibly delayed ones)

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

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms and stop taking simeticone:

  • Rash, itching, swelling of the face and tongue, breathing difficulties as these are signs of a serious allergic reaction

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

SIMETICONE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking simeticone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other anti-flatulent agents; 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:

  • Known hypersensitivity (allergy) to simeticone or any ingredients in the medication
  • Rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency (Dentinox Infant Colic Drops as the medication contains sucrose)

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following None known

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 simeticone (Wind-eze).

The elderly: simeticone (Wind-eze) can be used in the elderly.

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

PREGNANCY

Simeticone is suitable to take during pregnancy. 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

Simeticone is suitable to take if you are breastfeeding.

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.

SIMETICONE 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

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

  • Mineral oil (paraffin) based laxatives (Wind-eze)

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

SIMETICONE OVERDOSE

Taking too much simeticone may cause the following:

  • No ill effects from taking Infacol.
  • Headache, upset stomach and diarrhoea from taking Wind-eze Gel Caps as the product contains glycerol which can be harmful in high doses.
  • High sugar levels in diabetics due to the sugar content of Dentinox Infant Colic Drops.

People who have taken too much Infacol, should not worry too much as even as much as a whole bottle full is highly unlikely to do any harm. However, if the person who has taken it feels or looks unwell, then get medical advice.
People who have taken too much of the other simeticone products should contact a health visitor, pharmacist or doctor for advice. No special procedures are recommended.

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

MISSED DOSE

Infacol and Dentinox Infant Colic Drops: Do not worry if you forget to give your baby one or more doses. Simply give the next dose before the baby's next feed.

Wind-eze: If you miss a dose, it does not matter too much. Take the next dose with your meal or at bedtime if you are taking it regularly. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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