Smecta

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Generic Name: Smecta Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Know the basics

What is Smecta® (Diosmectite) used for?

Smecta® is commonly used for the treatment of diarrhea and painful symptoms associated with oesophageal-gastric and intestinal diseases.

How should I take Smecta® (Diosmectite)?

The drug used as an aqueous solution. Before use, the contents of one packet Smecta® must be dissolved in a small amount of boiled water gradually emptying powder and mixing it thoroughly. The instructions to the smectite indicate that the dosage is calculated according to age.

How do I store Smecta® (Diosmectite)?

Smecta® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Smecta® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Smecta® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Smecta® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Smecta® (Diosmectite)?

It is advisable that you should stop use Smecta®. If your symptoms have not disappeared, attached with fever and vomit more than 7 days.

Use with caution in case you have had severe constipation.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Smecta® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Smecta®.

Know the side effects

What side effects can occur from Smecta® (Diosmectite)?

Side effects when using the drug are rare. In most cases, Smecta® tolerated very well. However, there are some review of rare side effects, such as constipation, fever, and vomiting.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with Smecta® (Diosmectite)?

Smecta® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Smecta® (Diosmectite)?

Smecta® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Smecta® (Diosmectite)?

Smecta® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Smecta® (Diosmectite).

What is the dose of Smecta® (Diosmectite) for an adult?

Acute Diarrhea

(1 sachet = 3g Smecta®)

An average of 3 sachets per day, mixed with half a glass of water. In the case of acute diarrhea, the daily dosage can be doubled at the beginning of treatment.

What is the dose of Smecta® (Diosmectite) for a child?

Acute Diarrhea

(1 sachet = 3g Smecta®)

Under 1 year: 1 sachet per day.

Between 1 and 2 years: 1 to 2 sachets per day.

Over 2 years: 2 to 3 sachets per day.

How is Smecta® (Diosmectite) available?

Smecta® (Diosmectite) is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Sachet (powder for oral) 3g.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

This medication usually is taken as needed. If your doctor has asked you to take Smecta® regularly, you should take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: October 4, 2016 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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