Dioctahedral smectite


Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Oral
Acute diarrhoea
Adult: 9 g daily in divided doses for up to a Max of 7 days; daily dose may be doubled at the start of treatment. Treatment recommendations may vary among countries and individual products (refer to specific product guidelines).
Child: ≥2 years In addition to oral rehydration salts: 12 g daily in divided doses for 3 days, then 6 g daily in divided doses for 4 days. Max treatment duration: 7 days. Treatment recommendations may vary among countries and individual products (refer to specific product guidelines).

Oral
Chronic diarrhoea, Pain associated with functional bowel disease
Adult: 9 g daily in divided doses. Treatment recommendations may vary among countries and individual products (refer to specific product guidelines).
Reconstitution
Powder for oral susp: Stir thoroughly in half glass of water. For children, add 50 mL of water and stir thoroughly in the feeding bottle, or mixed with semi-liquid food (e.g. broth, stewed fruit, mashed vegetables, baby food).
Contraindications
Infants and children <2 years.
Special Precautions
Patient with possible bowel obstruction or history of severe chronic constipation. Avoid chronic use. Children ≥2 years. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Constipation.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Vomiting.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Rash.
Drug Interactions
May interfere with the absorption of other substances when administered simultaneously.
Action
Description:
Mechanism of Action: Dioctahedral smectite has a powerful coating property on the gastrointestinal mucosa. It protects the gastrointestinal mucosa by interacting with the glycoprotein of mucus, thus increasing the resistance of the mucosal gel in response to aggressive agents.
Synonym: diosmectite.
Pharmacokinetics:
Absorption: Not absorbed.
Metabolism: Not metabolised.
Excretion: Via faeces.
Storage
Store below 30°C.
MIMS Class
Antidiarrheals
ATC Classification
A07BC05 - diosmectite ; Belongs to the class of other intestinal adsorbents.
References
Buckingham R (ed). Smectites. Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference [online]. London. Pharmaceutical Press. https://www.medicinescomplete.com. Accessed 10/02/2023.

Dehecta Suspension (Daewoong Pharmaceutical [Thailand] Co., Ltd.). MIMS Thailand. http://www.mims.com/thailand. Accessed 10/02/2023.

Dimectal Powder for Oral Suspension 3 g (Pahang Pharmacy Sdn Bhd.). National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency - Ministry of Health Malaysia. https://www.npra.gov.my. Accessed 10/02/2023.

Dioctahedral Smectite (Diosmectite). Lexicomp Online. Hudson, Ohio. Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information, Inc. https://online.lexi.com. Accessed 10/02/2023.

Smecta (Dioctahedral Smectite): Not Recommended for Use in Children Aged Below 2 Years and Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women. National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency - Ministry of Health Malaysia. https://www.npra.gov.my. Accessed 10/02/2023.

Smecta Orange Vanilla Powder for Oral Suspension 3 g (EP Plus Group Sdn. Bhd.). National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency - Ministry of Health Malaysia. https://www.npra.gov.my. Accessed 10/02/2023.

Smectago Oral Suspension 3 g (Ipsen Pharma [Hong Kong]). MIMS Hong Kong. http://www.mims.com/hongkong. Accessed 10/02/2023.

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