Smecta (10 Sachets)
Smecta is an anti-diarrheal drug that can be used in adults and children over 2 years of age. The active substance of the drug diosmectite:
- adsorbs intestinal gases in adults
- shows strong adsorption properties against enterotoxins, bacteria and viruses
- restores the proper permeability of the mucosa
- strengthens the barrier created by the intestinal mucosa
Due to its layered structure and high viscosity, the drug has a strong coating of the gastrointestinal mucosa, strengthening its barrier against irritants and pathogens.
The drug is usually used for 2 to 3 days (it should not be used for a long time), first dissolving the contents of the sachet in liquid.
- Treatment of acute diarrhea in children over 2 years of age in combination with the use of an oral rehydration fluid
- Treatment of acute diarrhea in adults
- Symptomatic treatment of chronic functional diarrhea in adults
Active substance: Dosmectitum
Active substance: one sachet contains 3 g of diosmectite.
Other ingredients: glucose monohydrate, sodium saccharin, vanilla flavor, orange flavor.
Use of Smecta in adults:
- The usual dose is 3 sachets of Smecta a day.
- At the beginning of treatment, in the event of acute diarrhea, the daily dose can be doubled.
At the beginning of treatment, in the event of acute diarrhea, the daily dose can be doubled.
In adults, Smecta is best given between meals. The contents of the sachet should be dissolved in half a glass of water.
If the symptoms do not improve within 2-3 days, or if you have the impression that the effect of the drug is too strong or too weak, see your doctor.
Use of the drug in children
Dosage of Smecta in children should be consulted with a doctor in advance.
Treatment of acute diarrhea in children over 2 years of age
- 2 sachets a day.
- At the beginning of an episode of acute diarrhea, the dose can be doubled (i.e. up to 4 sachets per day).
In children over 2 years of age, acute diarrhea must be treated in conjunction with early administration of oral rehydration fluid to avoid dehydration. Chronic use of Smecta is not recommended.
In children, the content of each Smecta sachet should be dissolved in 50 ml of water and administered in small portions throughout the day.
The drug can also be administered after thorough mixing with semi-liquid foods: e.g. broth, fruit or vegetable puree, ready-made meals in children’s jars.
Allergy to diosmectite or any of the other ingredients of this drug.
Smecta should not be used in infants and children up to 2 years of age.
Fluid and electrolyte replacement is essential when treating diarrhea. The volume of the solutions administered and the route of administration should be adjusted to the age and health of the patients, and the severity of the diarrhea.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have a history of severe constipation before using Smecta.
Smecta contains glucose and sucrose.
Smecta in pregnancy
- Smecta is not recommended for use during pregnancy or during breastfeeding.
- The effect of the drug on fertility in humans has not been evaluated.
Interactions with other drugs
- Due to its properties, Smecta may have an adverse effect on the speed and / or degree of absorption of other medicines.
- It is not recommended to administer any other medications in conjunction with Smecta.
- Other medications may be given 2 hours before or 2 hours after Smecta administration.
Potential side effects
Like all medicines, Smecta can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, stop using Smecta and see your doctor immediately:
- allergic (hypersensitivity) reaction – signs may include skin rash, itching, hives,
- Serious allergic reaction which causes swelling of the face and throat (angioedema).
Other side effects include:
- common (may affect up to 1 in 10 patients): constipation.