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Quick summary

Type of medicine

Gastrointestinal Relief Gel

Works by

Binding to harmful substances in the gastrointestinal tract

Active Ingredient

Polymethylsiloxane Polyhydrate

Effective within

Provides relief from IBS symptoms upon use

Generic

No

Side effects

May include temporary constipation

Medication details

Description

Enterosgel is a unique over-the-counter gastrointestinal relief product designed to help alleviate symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This innovative medication offers a novel approach to managing gastrointestinal distress by binding to harmful substances in the gut and facilitating their elimination. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive disorder characterized by symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, irregular bowel movements, and changes in stool consistency. While the exact cause of IBS is not fully understood, it is thought to involve various factors, including dietary triggers, gut sensitivity, and abnormal gut motility.

Directions

Enterosgel is available in a convenient 225 g tube, making it easy to use. Follow these general directions for use:
Dosage: The recommended dosage for adults and children over 15 years of age is 1-1.5 tablespoons (15-22.5g) mixed with water or a non-acidic drink, taken three times a day.
Dosage for Children: For children aged 5-15 years, the dosage is 0.5-1 tablespoon (7.5-15g) three times a day.
Mix with Liquid: Mix the recommended dose with water or a non-acidic drink until it forms a gel-like substance.
Take Before or Between Meals: Enterosgel can be taken either before or between meals. Ensure a 1-2 hour gap between taking Enterosgel and consuming food.
Duration: Continue using Enterosgel as needed for relief from IBS symptoms. Consult a healthcare provider for guidance on prolonged use.

Ingredients

Enterosgel's primary active ingredient is polymethylsiloxane polyhydrate, a proprietary matrix of organic origin. This ingredient has the unique ability to bind to various harmful substances, including toxins and allergens, in the gastrointestinal tract.
Enterosgel is free from preservatives, gluten, and lactose. It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Its composition and absence of additives make it a well-tolerated product for various users.

Side Effects

Enterosgel is generally considered safe and well-tolerated, and side effects are rare. However, individual responses to any medication can vary. Potential side effects may include:
Temporary Constipation: In some cases, the use of Enterosgel may lead to temporary constipation. If this occurs, it is advisable to adjust the dosage and increase fluid intake.
Allergic Reactions: Although rare, allergic reactions may occur. If you experience symptoms such as itching, swelling, or skin rashes, discontinue use and seek medical advice.
If you encounter severe or persistent side effects, discontinue use and consult a healthcare provider.

Warnings

To ensure the safe and effective use of Enterosgel, consider the following warnings and precautions:
Consult a Healthcare Professional: If you are pregnant, nursing, have a pre-existing medical condition, or are taking other medications, consult a healthcare provider before using Enterosgel.
Prolonged Use: Prolonged or recurrent gastrointestinal discomfort should be assessed by a healthcare provider. Do not use Enterosgel as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet or a healthy lifestyle.
Keep Out of Reach: Store Enterosgel out of reach of children to prevent accidental ingestion. If swallowed by accident, seek immediate medical attention.
Shelf Life: Check the expiry date on the packaging and do not use Enterosgel if it has passed its expiration date.
Storage: Store the product in a cool, dry place, and avoid exposure to direct sunlight or heat.
Alcohol Interaction: Enterosgel does not contain alcohol and can typically be used without restrictions concerning alcohol consumption. However, individuals with specific sensitivities or conditions should consult a healthcare provider regarding alcohol interactions.

Medically reviewed and published

  • This page was medically reviewed by Dr Sohaib Imtiaz, Clinical Lead on 11 oct 2023, 09:42

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FAQs

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Can Enterosgel be used as a long-term solution for IBS management?

Enterosgel is generally intended for short-term relief of IBS symptoms. For long-term management, consult a healthcare provider for a comprehensive treatment plan and dietary guidance.

Can I mix Enterosgel with any beverage, or are there restrictions?

You can mix Enterosgel with water or a non-acidic drink. Avoid mixing it with acidic beverages, as this may affect its effectiveness.

Are there any specific dietary recommendations while using Enterosgel for IBS?

While using Enterosgel, it's advisable to maintain a balanced and varied diet. Reducing known dietary triggers that worsen IBS symptoms can be beneficial. Consult a healthcare provider for personalized dietary advice.

Can I take other medications or supplements alongside Enterosgel for IBS relief?

Enterosgel is generally well-tolerated and does not interact with most medications or supplements. However, it's advisable to take medications at least one hour before or after taking Enterosgel to ensure optimal absorption of both.

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