Infacol - Consumer Medicine Information
|Manufacture:||Forest Laboratories, Inc.|
|Condition:||Functional Gastric Disorder, Gas|
|Class:||Miscellaneous GI agents|
|Ingredients:||simeticone, saccharin sodium, hypromellose, orange flavour, methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl hydroxybenzoate (E216) and purified water|
Simeticone 40 mg per 1 ml Oral Suspension
What Infacol is and What it is Used For
Your baby’s medicine is called Infacol. It is an antiflatulent which means that it helps to bring up wind or air trapped in the tummy. Infacol is given to babies to relieve griping pain, infant colic or wind due to trapped air. It can be given from birth onwards. The pain associated with colic may be caused by the build-up of small gas bubbles trapped in your baby’s tummy. Simeticone, the active ingredient in Infacol, helps all the little trapped gas bubbles join into bigger bubbles which your baby can easily bring up as wind.
Before You Give Infacol
Do not give Infacol and get advice from a doctor if your baby is being treated for a thyroid disorder.
Do not give Infacol if you think your baby might be allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients of Infacol (see section 6 of this leaflet).
Using Other Medicines
If your baby is being treated with levothyroxine for a thyroid disorder using Infacol might reduce the amount of this type of medicine that is absorbed and weaken the effect of their treatment.
How to Give Infacol
Follow the instructions about when and how to use the product. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Infacol is very simple to give, even when your baby is crying. The normal dose is one dropper full (0.5ml) which should be given before each feed. If after 3 or 4 days your baby’s colic still seems to be upsetting, you can double the dose to two droppers full (1ml). This may be especially useful at night, before the evening feed.
Infacol should be used for several days to achieve the best results, as treatment may show a progressive effect. Continued use may help to prevent a further build up of wind. You can continue to use Infacol for several weeks. However, if despite having increased the dose to two droppers full there is no improvement, or your baby seems to be getting worse, speak to your health visitor or doctor.
- Gently shake the bottle.
- Draw up one dropper full by squeezing the bulb twice. Let the excess Infacol on the outside of the dropper run back into the bottle.
- Administer the dose by squeezing the bulb and releasing the Infacol onto the back of your baby’s tongue.
Do not use the dropper for other medicines. Keep it for Infacol only.
If You Give More Infacol Than You Should
If your baby (or an adult) accidentally swallows a large quantity of Infacol (such as a whole bottle full) it is highly unlikely to do any harm.
However, if the person who has taken it feels or looks unwell, you should seek medical advice.
If You Forget to Give Infacol
Do not worry if you forget to give your baby one or more doses. Simply give the next dose before the baby’s next feed.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible Side Effects
Simeticone, the active ingredient in Infacol, is not absorbed into the baby’s body and is very unlikely to harm your baby. It is very unusual for Infacol to cause any side-effects. Methyl and propyl hydroxybenzoates (E218, E216), which are also ingredients in Infacol, may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
Reporting of side effects
If your baby gets any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health visitor. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to Store Infacol
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Infacol after the expiry date which is stated on the bottle and carton after the letters ‘EXP’. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Once opened, use within 28 days. Do not store above 25°C.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
What Infacol Contains
The active ingredient is simeticone at a concentration of 40mg/ml.
The other ingredients are saccharin sodium, hypromellose, orange flavour, methyl hydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl hydroxybenzoate (E216) and purified water.
What Infacol Looks Like and Contents of the Pack
Infacol is an orange-flavoured, off-white, oral suspension (liquid). Each full bottle contains 50ml of Infacol, which is enough for up to 100 doses.
The Marketing Authorisation Holder Is
Forest Laboratories UK Ltd.
The Manufacturer Is
Laleham Health and Beauty Ltd