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by Faith Goan, The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy

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What is Simethicone OTC Used to Treat? 

Simethicone is a medicine that is used to relieve abdominal bloating (fullness), pressure, or discomfort associated with gas. It is FDA approved and simethicone over-the-counter is available without a doctor’s prescription.

How Does Simethicone Work To Treat Gas?

Simethicone is an anti-foaming agent that works by breaking up gas bubbles in your stomach and intestines and by preventing bubble formation. The trapped gas in your stomach is broken down, and your body can then deal with the gas naturally. 

How to Take Simethicone 250 mg Dosage?

Simethicone Maximum Strength (250 mg) is used for adults and children 12 years and older. It should be swallowed whole with water. It is recommended to take 1 or 2 softgels as needed AFTER meals and at bedtime. You should NOT exceed 2 softgels within 24 hours unless advised otherwise by a healthcare professional.

What Should I Do If I Forget a Dose of Simethicone?

If you are taking this regularly, take a missed dose as soon as you remember. Do not exceed 2 softgels (500 mg) within 24 hours. 

Is It Safe To Take Simethicone Every Day?

It is safe to take simethicone on a daily basis, as long as you do not take more than 2 soft gels (500 mg) in 24 hours. If your symptoms are not relieved from taking simethicone daily, reach out to your healthcare provider.

What Side Effects Should I Expect While Taking Simethicone?

There have not been any common or important side effects reported by this medication. However, if you feel any side effects while taking this medication, reach out to your health care provider immediately. 

Who Should NOT Take Simethicone?

Children under 12 should consult with their provider before taking simethicone. Also, those with serious gastric illnesses should consult with their provider before taking this medication.If you have a known allergy to simethicone, it is also recommended to not use this medication. If you are pregnant or nursing, speak to your healthcare provider to determine if this medication is appropriate for use. 

Does Simethicone Interact With Any Food or Other Medicines?

Simethicone does not interact with any foods. Simethicone has a moderate interaction with thyroid medications such as levothyroxine, causing your thyroid medications to be less effective. If you are taking simethicone, it is best to consult with your healthcare provider to determine if your medications interact with simethicone. 

Does Simethicone Make You Fart?

Simethicone does not make you fart. In fact, simethicone is known to cause little side effects after taking the medication. Simethicone aids in reducing the gas in your stomach to minimize farting. 

Is Simethicone Good For Acid Reflux?

Simethicone is not good for acid reflux, it is only used to relieve gas and excessive bloating. Acid reflux is caused by stomach acids irritating the esophagus. Simethicone does not reduce the acid in your stomach. Instead, simethicone works by breaking up gas particles in your stomach and intestine. 

What’s The Difference Between Simethicone vs Antacids for Gas Relief

Antacids do NOT help relieve gas symptoms. Although symptoms of gas can mimic heartburn (like discomfort after eating), antacids will not get rid of gas and simethicone will. Antacids have a different active ingredient that is used to neutralize stomach acids coming into contact with your esophagus. In contrast, simethicone helps break up gas bubbles to reduce your gas-like symptoms.

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This content is for informational use only and does not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is not a substitute for and should not be relied upon for specific medical recommendations. Please talk with your doctor about any questions or concerns.