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Dr. Eniko Pivnick
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Simethicone (Definition)

Simethicone is an anti-ulcer agent which is a ...Read more


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Ever since a few weeks ago I have constant belching (every other minute at least twice). Simethicone doesn't work. How can I get rid of the belching?

Ever since a few weeks ago I have constant belching (every other minute at least twice). Simethicone doesn't work. How can I get rid of the belching?

See below: Belching is the act of expelling air from the stomach through the mouth. It usually occurs when the stomach distends, or expands because of too much swallowed air. Belching releases the air to reduce the distention. You can also have a gas buildup in the stomach from bacteria working on food, which give up for gas. Anxiety can cause just about any physical symptom but it would be uncommon for anxiety to cause excessive belching. If your anxiety includes hyperventilating then that would be a good source of swallowed air, which then could lead to belching.

Some things that may help in belching. Tried to be aware of how much air swallowing. Try to chew food completely before swallowing it so that the stomach will have smaller particles for the bacteria to give off gas with. Excessive exercise can also lead to belching. And sometimes relief can be obtained with anti-acids; H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors. ...Read more

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I am taking 125mg simethicone for gas. It does not always work. Is there something you recommend that is stronger? Mostly hormone related, I think.

I am taking 125mg simethicone for gas. It does not always work. Is there something you recommend that is stronger? Mostly hormone related, I think.

Antacids may help: Simethicone is best for gas. But sometimes the gas is caused by excess acid. Antacids will help reduce acid and therefore gas as well. You could use acid buffers (maalox/mylanta/tums/rolaids); Gaviscon combines anti-gas with antacid. Or stronger acid blockers like zantac/pepcid (histamine blockers). Or proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec or prevacid (lansoprazole). Some acid blockers combine with anti-gas. ...Read more

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Can activated charcoal be used simultaneously with simethicone? The seem to work in opposite ways. Trying to treat chronic intestinal bloating.

Can activated charcoal be used simultaneously with simethicone? The seem to work in opposite ways. Trying to treat chronic intestinal bloating.

Yes: Actually there is tablet called flatulex which contains both activated charcoal and simethicone.
There are so many combination products for bloating otc. If bloating is serious problem, please see your doctor. May be you want to consider cutting down on your alcohol use. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give phazyme to my 5yrs old son?

Is it safe to give phazyme to my 5yrs old son?

Phazyme capsule NOT: Phazyme comes in capsule form- has to be swallowed not chewed. Do not use this formulation for children. Instead use simethicone pediatric drops 40mg per dose. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to overdose on simethicone?

Is it possible for you to overdose on simethicone?

Yes: A person can over dose on any drug. The effect depends on the drug, the dosage, age and the person's health issues. ...Read more

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What are some natural producto similiar to simethicone?

What are some natural producto similiar to simethicone?

Simethicone: It coats the stomach so milk may do this. Depends on what your are trying to treat with it. Lets do 2nd opinion for more details of what is going on. ...Read more

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What could taking too much simethicone cause if anything? Ty

NO: Basically it is inert and used to dissolved gas formation. Please follow exact instructions on product insert. ...Read more

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If I've been taking more than the daily recommended dosage of simethicone, every day, over many years, would it cause any conditions or problems?

If I've been taking more than the daily recommended dosage of simethicone, every day, over many years, would it cause any conditions or problems?

No problem: No problems. Simethicone is not absorbed into the body. It travels straight (well not really so straight) through you. ...Read more

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Do phazyme cause constipation?

Do phazyme cause constipation?

No: Simethicone, what is in phazyme, does not cause constipation when used as indicated, . ...Read more

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Could a 3 year old overdose on simethicone?

Could a 3 year old overdose on simethicone?

Yes: The recommended dosage for 2-12 yo is 40mg 4x/day. Overdose may cause "gasping syndrome" from benzoic acid. Very large amount can be fatal. Please check with your poison control center if there is overdosing. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take milk of mag with phazyme?

Is it safe to take milk of mag with phazyme?

No interaction: There is no know interaction between the two medicines and so if need be, you can use them. If your problem is severe/persistent, consult doc for evaluation--as consitpation/gasiness/bloating/cramping are often signs of irritable bowel syndrome. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can anything fatal or deathly happen from overdosing on too much simethicone?

Can anything fatal or deathly happen from overdosing on too much simethicone?

Not really toxic: Pretty benign compound that disperses gas in the stomach (mostly, rather than lower down in the gut); it sort of pops bubbles. ...Read more

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Does Simethicone lose effectiveness if taken regularly? Does it have any bad side effects?

Well tolerated. .: Overall it has limited adverse effects besides some reports of loose stool and stomach upset. It works as a "surfactant" to alter gas bubble formation, so it does not necessarily loose effective over time, just like soap! If you need to take it regular review this with your doctor because there may be a better way to address your symptoms. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can I take simethicone with irregular heartbeat?

Can I take simethicone with irregular heartbeat?

Should not be prob.: Would not expect simethicone to interact with the heartbeat. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Phazyme allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Phazyme allergy?

Phazyme allergy: Phazyme (Simethicone) is used to decrease gas, pain & bloating. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: http://www. Webmd. Com/drugs/2/drug-9408-8265/phazyme-oral/simethicone-oral/details ...Read more

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Can simethicone be added to pedialyte for 8month old baby?

Can simethicone be added to pedialyte for 8month old baby?

Not needed: Probably not harmful, but why take a chance, no known benefit from doing this or it would have been commercially developed already. ...Read more

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Can my baby have Simethicone and axid (nizatidine) and will it cause any problems?

Can my baby have Simethicone and axid (nizatidine) and will it cause any problems?

How old is your baby: It is alright to give axid (nizatidine) and Simethicon as long as it is prescribed by the Pediatrician for Gastro Esophageal Reflux and excessive gas
Discuss with the Pediatrician if it is needed and how long for
Will cause no problem ...Read more

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What is the treatment for simethicone overdose?

Take a deep breath: First of all, any time there is over ingestion of a medication, poison control is the most important and accurate source of information. They are available 24/7. Simethicone is relatively inert and unless there are symptoms you are concerned about or it was a really huge dose, it is unlikely to be poisonouspoison control. ...Read more

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Is there an interaction between simethicone and Lisinopril?

No: No, there is no interaction between simethicone and Lisinopril. The two can be safely taken together. ...Read more

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Which antacid contains calcium, magnesium, and simethicone?

Which antacid contains calcium, magnesium, and simethicone?

ROLAID: Rolaid contains
1calcium carbonate
2magnesium hydroxide
3simethicone. ...Read more

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Are there any other remedies for gas besides simethicone? It's not working for me :- (

Are there any other remedies for gas besides simethicone? It's not working for me :- (

1st, why RU gassy?: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more

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Took 4 children's pepto chewables throughout the day today but still have cramping... Can I take a phazyme?

Consider a consult: Phazyme will be helpful for relief of pressure from intestinal gas. As with any problem if initial self medication is not helpful, a consult with a professional will secure good diagnosis and appropriate therapy. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my son a simethicone 125 mg soft gel pill, he is 10 years old & weighs approximately 60?

Is it safe to give my son a simethicone 125 mg soft gel pill, he is 10 years old & weighs approximately 60?

Yes: That is a safe dose, but you should not exceed 3 doses in any 24 hour period. Also meant for short term use - if it's something he uses frequently, need to look into figuring out the cause of his discomfort/gas/bloating. ...Read more

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My 106 lb 10 year old is having gas I would like to know if it is safe to give her 125mg simethicone gelcap no health issues are present

125mg: 125mg simethicone gelcap should be a safe dose for your 10 year old child. You should not give more than 500mg of simethicone in one day. ...Read more

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