SIMETHICONE - Watsons Health

SIMETHICONE

 

First introduced in 1952, simethicone is an anti-gas (anti-flatulence) medication. It acts in the stomach and intestines to change the surface tension of gas bubbles, enabling their breakdown and the formation of larger bubbles.

This product is used to relieve symptoms of extra gas such as belching, bloating, and feelings of pressure/discomfort in the stomach/gut. Simethicone helps break up gas bubbles in the gut.

Simethicone should not be used by:

  • Persons allergic to simethicone
  • Children under 12 years old
  • Infants with rare hereditary problems of fructose intolerance, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency

There are no reports of any side effects due to this medication. However, tell your doctor if you experience any unpleasant effects while taking this medication.

A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe 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.

Precautions

Before taking simethicone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.

It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

 

Interactions

Tell your doctor of any prescription or nonprescription medications you may take, including any antacids or digestive medications since some combination products may also contain simethicone.

Simethicone can decrease the absorption of thyroid medications (such as levothyroxine). If you take thyroid medication, take it at least 4 hours before or after products that contain simethicone.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

If overdose is suspected, bring the victim to the nearest hospital right away.

 

Available brands:

  • Disflatyl (A. Menarini)
  • Flacerant (Lloyd)
  • Kremil-S (Unilab)
  • Maalox Plus (Sanofi Aventis)
  • Restime (Pediatrica)

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