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Generic Name: simethicone (sye METH i cone)
Brand Names: Mylanta Gas, Gas Relief, Gas-X, Major-Con, Phazyme, Flatulex, Mylicon, Maalox Anti-Gas

What is Maalox Anti-Gas (simethicone)?

Simethicone allows gas bubbles in the stomach and intestines to come together more easily, which allows for easier passage of gas.

Simethicone is used to relieve painful pressure that is caused by excess gas in the stomach and intestines. This gas may occur in many circumstances, including air swallowing, indigestion, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, and after surgery.

Simethicone may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Maalox Anti-Gas (simethicone)?

Do not take more of this medication than is directed.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Maalox Anti-Gas (simethicone)?

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you

  • have liver or kidney disease,
  • have any type of serious illness,

  • are pregnant, or
  • are breast-feeding.

You may not be able to take simethicone or you may need special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

How should I take Maalox Anti-Gas (simethicone)?

Take simethicone exactly as directed in the package instructions or as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Swallow the tablets and capsules with a full glass of water.

Chew the chewable tablets thoroughly before swallowing.

Shake the drops well before using them. To make administration easier, the drops can be mixed with 30 ml (2 tablespoons) of water, infant formula, or another liquid.

Simethicone is usually taken after meals and at bedtime.

Do not take more of this medication than is directed. Children younger than 2 years of age should not take more than 240 mg of simethicone in 1 day. Children older than 2 years of age and adults should not take more than 500 mg in 1 day. Store simethicone at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take only the next regularly scheduled dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of simethicone is unlikely to be life threatening. If an overdose is suspected, call an emergency room or a poison control center for advice.

What should I avoid while taking Maalox Anti-Gas (simethicone)?

There are no restrictions on foods, beverages, or activities while taking simethicone unless your doctor directs otherwise.

Maalox Anti-Gas (simethicone) side effects

No side effects are known to be associated with the use of simethicone.

Talk to your doctor if you experience any unusual or bothersome side effects.

What other drugs will affect Maalox Anti-Gas (simethicone)?

Tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking simethicone if you take any other medicines. Your doctor and pharmacist may want to check your therapy for interactions.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist has more information about simethicone written for health professionals that you may read.

What does my medication look like?

Simethicone is available over the counter generically and under many brand names as tablets, chewable tablets, capsules, and liquid drops. Ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor any questions about simethicone especially if it is new to you.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed
  • The information in this leaflet is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Copyright 1996-2006 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 3.03. Revision Date: 2/13/04 4:02:11 PM.

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