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Updated 11 February 2013

Dimethicone

Dimethicone is prescribed to reduce flatulence and to relieve abdominal pain or discomfort, which is due to excessive gas in the digestive tract.

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Dimethicone is the active ingredient of Telament colic drops.

Dimethicone is also one of multiple active ingredients found in Pankreoflat and Propan S.

General information

Dimethicone is prescribed to reduce flatulence and to relieve abdominal pain or discomfort, which is due to excessive gas in the digestive tract. In infants it is of particular use in the relief of colic.

It is rarely absorbed systemically and has few side effects.

Dimethicone is often mixed with antacid or antiflatulant preparations.

How does dimethicone work?

Dimethicone is an anti-foaming agent - it reduces the surface tension of gas bubbles, causing them to combine into larger bubbles in the stomach, which can then be passed more easily by means of belching.

Fast facts

Drug schedule : schedule 0

Available as: dimethicone is available as drops

What does it do? dimethicone is used to relieve the abdominal pain which is due to excessive gas in the digestive tract. It is also used to reduce flatulence

Overdose risk: low

Dependence risk : low

Is dimethicone available as a generic? yes

Is dimethicone available on prescription only? no

User information

Onset of effect: within 60 minutes

Duration of action: up to 4 hours

Stopping this medicine: this medication can be safely stopped when no longer needed

Prolonged use : no problems are expected

Special precautions

Pregnancy: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before using this drug, or if you are planning to fall pregnant.

Breastfeeding: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your baby. Consult your doctor before use.

Porphyria: avoid. It is unknown how this medication may affect your condition. Consult your doctor before use.

Infants and children: this medication is safe for use in children at the recommended dose.

The elderly: no special precautions need to be taken.

Driving and hazardous work: no special precautions need to be taken.

Alcohol: no special precautions need to be taken.

Possible side effects

Side effect

Frequency

Consult your doctor

Common

Rare

Only if severe

In all cases

bloating

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x

diarrhoea

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x

constipation

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x

gas

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x

heartburn

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x

Interactions

Drug interactions

Dimethicone is not absorbed systemically. No interactions have been reported.

Disease interactions

Dimethicone is not known to interact with any disease or medical condition.

Overdose action

A small overdose is no cause for concern. In case of intentional large overdose, seek medical attention.

This material is not intended to substitute medical advice, but is for informational purposes only. Please consult a physician for specific treatment and recommendations.

 

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