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In the U.S.-
Simethicone (si-METH-i-kone ) is used to relieve the painful symptoms of too much gas in the stomach and intestines.
Simethicone may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Simethicone is available without a prescription; however, your doctor may have special instructions on the proper use and dose for your medical problem. It is available in the following dosage forms:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For simethicone, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to simethicone. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Diet- Avoid foods that seem to increase gas. Chew food thoroughly and slowly. Reduce air swallowing by avoiding fizzy, carbonated drinks. Do not smoke before meals. Develop regular bowel habits and exercise regularly. Make certain your health care professional knows if you are on a low-sodium, low-sugar, or any other special diet. Most medicines contain more than their active ingredient.
Pregnancy- Simethicone is not absorbed into the body and is not likely to cause problems.
Breast-feeding- Simethicone has not been reported to cause problems in nursing babies.
Children- This medicine has been tested in children and, in effective doses, has not been shown to cause different side effects or problems than it does in adults.
Older adults- Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults. There is no specific information comparing use of simethicone in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Proper Use of This Medicine
For effective use of simethicone:
Take this medicine after meals and at bedtime for best results .
For patients taking the chewable tablet form of this medicine:
For patients taking the oral liquid form of this medicine:
The dose of simethicone will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of simethicone. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
If you must take this medicine regularly and you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
To store this medicine:
Side Effects of This Medicine
There have not been any common or important side effects reported with this medicine. However, if you notice any side effects, check with your doctor.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, simethicone is used in certain patients before the following tests:
Other than the above information, there is no additional information relating to proper use, precautions, or side effects for these uses.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT