Antiflatulence Agents

"Gas" is a common but relatively vague GI complaint, used in reference not only to flatulence and eructation, but also bloating or fullness. Although few if any symptoms can be directly attributable to excessive intestinal gas, over-the-counter and herbal preparations that are touted as antiflatulent are very popular. One of these is simethicone, a mixture of siloxane polymers stabilized with silicon dioxide.

For a complete Bibliographical listing see Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 11th ed., or Goodman & Gilman Online at www.accessmedicine.com.

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