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.
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects may include:
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
PREPARATIONS: Liquid drops: 40 mg per 0.6 ml. Chewable tablets: 40, 80 and 125 mg. Capsules: 125 and 180 mg.
STORAGE: Preparations should be stored at room temperature, 15 C - 30 C (59 F - 86 F).
DOSING: The recommended dose for relieving gas is 40-125 mg 4 times daily after meals and at bedtime. The drops can be mixed with water, infant formula or other liquids for use in small children.
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