simethicone, Phazyme, Flatulex, Mylicon, Gas-X, Gas X Extra Strength, Mylanta Gas, Gas-X Ultra

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GENERIC NAME: simethicone

BRAND NAME: Phazyme, Mi-Acid, Gas Relief, Mytab Gas, Gas-X, Gas-X Extra Strength, , Gas-X Ultra Strength   (Flatulex, Mylicon, and Mylanta Gas are discontinued)

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: 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. In this way it is believed that gas can be eliminated more easily by belching or passing flatus. Simethicone was approved by the FDA in 1952.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Simethicone relieves abdominal pain due to excessive gas in the digestive tract. It also is given to patients undergoing upper abdominal ultrasound imaging.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects may include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/21/2015

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