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Simeticon

This is how simeticon works

Flatulent foods and carbonated drinks can cause increased gas build-up in the intestines. Pathological processes (such as food intolerance) and excessive swallowing of air (“aerophagia”) can also cause too much “air” in the abdomen. Symptoms such as gas, bloating, feelings of tension and abdominal pain are the possible consequences. The foaming of the gastric and intestinal juices as well as the food pulp creates a fine-bubble foam. The gases are trapped in the vesicles and can neither easily escape as winds nor be absorbed into the blood via the intestinal mucosa and exhaled in the lungs.

This is where silicone oils such as simethicone can help: As defoamers, they reduce the surface tension of this foam and cause the many small gas bubbles to aggregate to form larger gas bubbles and can thus be transported or absorbed more easily.

Another field of application of simeticon is its use as an antidote in the event of poisoning with detergents. Detergents are essentially non-toxic, but it can happen that the swallowed detergent foams up in the stomach and the foam migrates up the esophagus. At the level of the larynx, the foam can then penetrate the respiratory tract and cause suffocation. Simeticon can prevent this by preventing the detergent in the stomach from foaming up.

During imaging examinations (ultrasound, X-ray, gastrointestinal mirroring) in the gastrointestinal tract, gas bubbles and foam can worsen the image quality and make diagnostics more difficult. To prevent this, patients are often given simeticon in advance.

Ingestion and excretion of simethicone

The active ingredient is used orally, i.e. taken by mouth. It only works physically in the gastrointestinal tract and is not absorbed into the blood through the intestinal mucosa. After passing through the digestive tract, it is excreted unchanged.

When is Simeticon used?

The active ingredient simeticon is approved:

  • for the treatment of gas-related gastrointestinal complaints
  • as an antidote for detergent poisoning

Simeticon is usually only used for a short period of time for gastrointestinal complaints caused by gas. In the case of long-term complaints, however, it can also be taken over a correspondingly longer period of time.

This is how simeticon is used

The active ingredient simeticon is available as a suspension, soft capsule or chewable tablet. The amount of active ingredient depends on the purpose of ingestion and the nature of the complaints:

If you have indigestion, 50 to 250 milligrams of simeticon are taken. In preparation for an imaging examination, around 100 milligrams of the defoamer are usually taken three times the day before and another 100 milligrams on the day of the examination. For the treatment of detergent poisoning, depending on the amount of detergent swallowed, it is recommended to take up to 800 milligrams of simeticon at once. The dosage must be reduced accordingly for infants, children and adolescents.

What side effects does simeticon have?

There are no known side effects that can occur from taking simethicone.

What should be considered when taking simethicone?

If the digestive tract complaints persist or worsen, the cause of the complaints should be clarified by a doctor.

The various forms of administration of simethicone usually also contain pharmaceutical excipients that can be problematic for some people - especially with higher simeticon dosages, such as those that are common when taking before examinations and as an antidote. For example, some people are hypersensitive to the preservative potassium sorbate. Diabetics have to pay attention to the added sugar in the chewable tablets. It is also advisable for patients who have to eat a low sodium / sodium diet (for example, with high blood pressure) to consider the composition of the drug.

In individual cases it has been reported that simethicone can change the simultaneous intake of other active substances, so that their blood levels either increased or decreased. Increased intake has been reported for digoxin (heart medicine), warfarin (anticoagulant) and carbamazepine (for epilepsy and seizures), and decreased intake for ribavirin (anti-viral agent).

Simeticon may also be used in children, elderly patients, pregnant and breastfeeding women - in a dosage adapted to their body weight.

How to get drugs with simethicone

Preparations with the active ingredient Simeticon can be obtained in any dosage in the pharmacy without a prescription. In some cases, the active ingredient is also combined with the diarrhea drug loperamide, with certain digestive enzymes or digestive intestinal bacteria. These medicines are also available without a prescription.

Since when has Simeticon been known?

The active ingredient simeticon was first approved in the USA in 1952. Because of its purely physical effect, it is considered a safe and reliable medicine that can also be used in children and pregnant women. There are now numerous preparations in different dosages and in different combinations with the active ingredient Simeticon also on the German market.

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