Simethicone (generic), Mylicon, Phazyme: Frequently Asked Questions
What is simethicone?
The active ingredient, simethicone, has anti-foaming or anti-bubbling activity. simethicone acts in the stomach and intestines by altering the surface tension of gas and mucus bubbles, enabling them to group together (coalesce). This action accelerates the passage of gas through the intestine either through belching or passing of flatus.
What is Phazyme® indicated for?
Phazyme® relieves bloating, pressure or fullness commonly referred to as gas (antiflatulent).
How is Phazyme® packaged?
Phazyme® is packaged in blister-packs and High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottles.
How does Phazyme® work?
Simethicone, the active ingredient in Phazyme®, is a defoaming agent. It acts to reduce the surface tension of gas bubbles embedded in mucus in the GI tract. As surface tension is altered, the gas bubbles are broken or coalesced so that the gas can be eliminated more easily by the body (belching or passing flatus).
Is Phazyme® approved/regulated by the FDA?
Simethicone, the active ingredient in Phazyme® is the only FDA approved antiflatulent drug. Simethicone meets the OTC Monograph as a safe and effective antiflatulent agent and is regulated as an over the counter drug by the FDA.
Is Phazyme® available outside of the US?
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare only has marketing rights for our products in the US. Please check with your doctor or pharmacist on the availability of the product in your country. We're aware that Phazyme® Softgels are also available in Canada.
Can Phazyme® be used if pregnant or nursing?
We recommend checking with a doctor before using Phazyme® if pregnant or nursing.
Can Phazyme® be used regularly or indefinitely?
The product may be used occasionally to relieve bloating; pressure or fullness commonly referred to as gas. However, if condition persists, consult a physician.
How soon will Phazyme® start to work?
Phazyme® softgels will start to work within a few minutes of swallowing. Phazyme® tablets will start to work upon swallowing when in contact with gas bubbles in the GI tract.
How should I use Phazyme®?
If you are taking the Phazyme® softgels, swallow one or two softgels as needed after a meal. If you are taking the Phazyme® tablets, chew one or two tablets thoroughly as needed after a meal. Do not exceed two softgels or four tablets in a 24 hour period.
How much Simethicone is there in Baby Gas-X ® Infant Drops?
Baby Gas-X ® Infant Drops contains 20mg of Simethicone per every 0.3mL dose.
Is there any reason I should not take Phazyme®?
There is a warning on the Phazyme® Quick Dissolve Chewable Tablets label for Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine 0.4mg / tablet.
Where can I buy Phazyme® Quick Dissolve tablets?
The larger retailers like Wal-Mart, Shoprite, Walgreen's, Eckerd, CVS, Stop & Shop, Pathmark or Wegman's carry the Phazyme® Quick Dissolve tablets.
How long can I give Infants' MYLICON® Drops to my baby?
There is no time limit indicated on the package label; however, if your child experiences symptoms on a continuous basis, we recommend that you consult your child's pediatrician.
Can I use Infants' MYLICON® Drops to treat colic?
If you feel your baby has colic, you should talk to your doctor. If he feels that gas is contributing to your baby's colic, he may recommend Infants' MYLICON® Drops to reduce your baby's gas discomfort.
Is there a minimum age at which it is considered safe for Infants' MYLICON® Drops to be given?
Infants' MYLICON® Drops can be used by children of any age, including newborns.
What other ingredients besides Simethicone are in Baby Gas-X ® Infant Drops?
Inactive ingredients include: ctric acid, flavor, hypromellose, malitol solution, methylcellulose, mon-and di-glycerides, polyethylene glycol, polyethylene stearate, poloysorbate 65, purified water, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, sorbic acid and xanthan gum. *
How much Simethicone is there in Gas-X Infant Drops?
Gas-X Infant Drops contains 20mg of Simethicone per every 0.3mL dose.
Will Phazyme® stain or discolor clothing or fabric?
We would not expect the Phazyme® tablets or the intact softgels to stain clothing or fabric. However, the inner contents of the softgel may stain clothing or fabric.
Can Phazyme® be used with other medications/similar products?
We recommend checking with a doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other medications.
How much Simethicone is there in Children’s Gas-X Tongue Twisters?
Each Tongue Twisters strip (one dose) contains 40mg of Simethicone.
What other ingredients besides Simethicone are in Gas-X Infant Drops?
Inactive ingredients include: citric acid, flavor, hypromellose, malitol solution, methylcellulose, mon-and di-glycerides, polyethylene glycol, polyethylene stearate, poloysorbate 65, purified water, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, sorbic acid and xanthan gum. *
Can I give it with mylicon drops or other drugs?
By combining Baby's Bliss with other products it is difficult to determine which one is providing relief for your baby. I suggest giving Baby's Bliss on its own to see what the results are. This way if your baby gets relief, then you can discontinue other medications. You may want to consult your pediatrician first as some babies need to remain on Zantac and do fairly well with both but first try Baby's Bliss on its own to determine the results.
Can Infants' MYLICON® Drops interact with other medication(s) that I am giving my baby at the same time?
No drug interactions with simethicone have been reported. Simethicone is the active ingredient in Infants' MYLICON® Drops. If you have further questions, we recommend that you contact your physician or pharmacist.
The package label of Infants' MYLICON® Drops says it can be mixed with "other suitable liquids." What are those liquids?
The "other suitable liquids" that can be mixed with Infants' MYLICON® Drops are 1 oz of cool water, infant formula, or juice.
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