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Dimethicone

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required
Last Updated: November 29, 2019

Dimethicone is silicone-based polymer used topically or in various cosmetic products to enhance their efficacy. It has high rheological properties. This is silicone oil and has several uses including contact lenses, medical devices, shampoos, creams, etc.

Problems like dry, itching or rough skin and other skin irritations can be prevented with creams and other topical ointments containing this drug. When water retention and moisture is lost from the skin surface emollients forms a layer on the skin to retain water, and this drug is used as a popular emollient.

After applying on the skin it adds shine. It also has used in treating dermatitis, skin infections, etc. It has been mentioned to be a safe medicine without any serious side effects. However uncontrolled and unsupervised use may result in some side effects like burning, redness or irritation.

A few people may be allergic to this medicine and hence rash, itching, dizziness, breathing trouble may be faced. The FDA has termed this as an approved “skin protectant” and as an over the counter product.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.

This medication can be used in below-mentioned conditions

This medication can cause below-mentioned side effects

  • Dehydration

  • Infections

  • Cushing's Syndrome

  • Acne

  • Skin Irritation

  • Hair Loss

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Caution should be advised in patients with renal impairment.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Dimethicone as ingredient

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The active constituent of this medication is a silicone oil that is used as a surfactant, carminative and antifoaming agent and has viscoelastic characteristics. It mainly protects the skin from minor irritations caused by diapers or from getting cracked or chapped. It does not allow water to evaporate from the skin. In head lice treatment the drugs affect the respiratory system of the lice and hence, prevents the scalp from getting affected.

Ques: What is Dimethicone?

Ans: This drug is silicone-based polymer used topically or in various cosmetic products to enhance their efficacy. It has high rheological properties.

Ques: How long do I need to use Dimethicone before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: This medication should be consumed, until the complete eradication of the disease. Thus it is advised to use, till the time directed by your doctor. Also taking this medication longer than it was prescribed, can cause an inadequate effect on the patient's condition.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Dimethicone?

Ans: The duration of effect for this medicine is dependent on the severity of the patient’s condition. Therefore the frequency of usage of this medication will vary from person to person. It is advised to follow the proper prescription of the doctor, directed according to the patient's condition.

Ques: Should I use Dimethicone empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication is advised to be consumed orally. The salts involved in this medication react properly if it is taken after having food. If you take it on an empty stomach, it might upset the stomach. Please consult the doctor before using it.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Dimethicone?

Ans: This medication contains salts which are suitable to store only at room temperature, as keeping this medication above or below that, can cause an inadequate effect. Protect it from moisture and light. Keep this medication away from the reach of children.
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