Ovol is a common brand name used for the medication named Simethicone. This drug is orally administered to the patient for reducing bloating and can also be used as anti-foaming agent. Excessive gas can many times lead to pain and discomfort. This excess air is mostly the air we swallow along with tiny amounts of methane and hydrogen collecting in the stomach. This medication, Simethicone is a mixture of hydrated silica gel and polydimethylsilixane.
Composition of Ovol
The basic active ingredient of Ovol is Simethicone. There are other inactive elements in this medication that are mentioned below:
- Titanium dioxide
- Purified water
- Peppermint oil
- FD & C yellow No. 6
Uses of Ovol
This medication is very useful in situations where the patient might suffer from a number of problems that may include bloating, feelings of discomfort or pressure in the stomach, and belching. The active ingredient helps in the process of breaking up the gas bubbles formed in the gut or stomach.
Side-effects of Ovol
There has not been any evidence or reports that suggest any kind of side-effects occurring due to the consumption of this medication. But, in case there are side-effects being experienced by the patient, the doctor must be informed immediately.
An allergic reaction to Ovol is very rare. Immediate medical attention is advised in cases there is an allergic reaction which include:
- Troubled breathing
- Severe dizziness
- Swelling or itching (in areas like tongue, throat, or face)
Instructions for using Ovol
This drug is taken directly by the mouth at bedtime, after meals, or as directed by the doctor. The capsules must not be crushed or chewed, but consumed as a whole. The maximum amount an adult must consume if self-treating himself/herself is 500 milligrams in a day.
Contraindications of Ovol
There are conditions when the individual seeking attention must be refrained from consuming Ovol as it will not suit their body. The patient must have knowledge of it. They include:
- Allergic reaction to Simethicone
- Using mineral oil based laxatives
Ovol and Pregnancy
There are always instances when women complain of gas pain at the time of pregnancy. As the baby keeps growing inside the uterus, it presses against the rectum and intestines. Along with this, higher amounts of progesterone lower the muscle contractions to help the food to move down the intestines. This leads to gas pain as the build up gasses or air put gas builds up a pressure in the intestines.
This excess air is build up by eating a very high fibre diet, eating dairy products (in case of lactose intolerance), and swallowing of air while breathing. At the time of pregnancy it is best advised to not use any type of medication unless it is absolutely necessary. It is because it may lead to potential harm to the foetus. Hence, the pregnant woman patient must try to not increase the gas pain without any medication.
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