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food interaction for SAFELAX

alcohol interaction for SAFELAX

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There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Safelax powder may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
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Dimethicone or dimeticone is used to treat dry, itchy skin or minor skin irritations, to relieve stomach pain, bloating and indigestion, hiccups, and infection of the scalp hair by the head louse.

How it works

Dimethicone belongs to class of medications called surface active substances. Dimethicone works by helping to release trapped wind by acting on inner lining of intestine; helps dry and itching skin by moisturizing the skin and kills the lice by affecting its physiological activity or by disrupting bodily water balance of lice.

Common side effects

Flakes on scalp, Irritation around eyes, Itchy scalp, Rash, Headache, Skin irritation, Shortness of breath, Skin redness, Stomach upset, Hair loss, Diarrhoea
Polyethylene Glycol(14.6gm)


Polyethylene glycol 3350 works as a laxative as well as a lubricant for eyes.

Polyethylene glycol 3350 as a laxative is used to treat occasional constipation.
Polyethylene glycol is also used to relieve dry and irritated eyes

How it works

Polyethylene Glycol belongs to a class of drugs called osmotic laxative. It acts by softening the stool and increasing the frequency of bowel movements by retaining water in the stool.

Common side effects

Flatulence, Abdominal bloating, Abdominal cramp, Diarrhoea, Nausea, Urticaria
Potassium Chloride(0.18gm)


Potassium chloride is used to treat or prevent hypokalemia (low blood levels of potassium) and electrolyte imbalance that may result from a disease, certain medicines such as water pills (diuretics), or prolonged illness with diarrhea or vomiting.

How it works

Potassium chloride is a mineral (electrolyte) and provides potassium for body. It is important for the nerve conduction, muscle contraction, kidney function, beating of heart and many other normal body functions.

Common side effects

Nausea, Numbness, Tingling sensation, Allergic reaction, Cardiac toxicity, Chest pain, Anxiety, Confusion, Diarrhoea, Altered heart rate, Black and bloody stools, Muscle weakness, Muscle paralysiss, Stomach pain, Stomach swelling, Vomiting, Weakness
Sodium Bicarbonate(0.42gm)


Sodium bicarbonate is an alkali used to relieve heartburn and indigestion caused due to hyperacidity (excessive stomach acid secretion) and to replenish bicarbonate ions in the body (in metabolic acidosis). It is also used in cases of excessive muscle spasms and in revival of unconscious patients (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation).

How it works

Sodium bicarbonate is an antacid that reacts and neutralizes stomach acid to relieve heartburn and indigestion associated with hyperacidity (excessive stomach acid secretion). It also changes excess acid in body fluids and make it normal.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Restlessness, Nervousness, Rapid breathing, Altered taste, Muscle pain, Muscle twitch, Fatigue, Weakness, Frequent urge to urinate, Headache, Limb swelling, Loss of appetite, Mood changes
Sodium Chloride(0.36gm)


Sodium chloride is used as a source of electrolytes (minerals in body fluids) and water to prevent dehydration (when loss of water exceeds water intake) and replenish the loss of sodium from body fluids in conditions like metabolic alkalosis (acid-base imbalance in body fluids that can cause serious complications) or diarrhea. It is also used as a solvent for reconstitution of medications or diluting agent for administration of medications intravenously.

How it works

Sodium chloride belongs to the class of medications called electrolytes or osmotic agents. It works by controlling fluid and electrolyte balance and increases water retention (by regulating osmotic pressure), thereby increasing water content in the body. It also plays an important role in maintenance of acid-base balance of body fluids. 

Common side effects

Application site redness of skin, Application site irritation, Increased sodium level in blood, Decreased sodium level in blood, Injection-site reactions, Injection site swelling, Chills, Fever


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Expert advice for SAFELAX

Do not take further dose or do not apply dimethicone cream further at the first appearance of rash, redness of skin, breathing difficulty.
Keep your hair away from fire sources (naked flames, burning cigarettes) while being treated with dimethicone lotion.
Do not take dimethicone capsules if you use mineral oil (paraffin) based laxatives.
Do not start or continue the dimethicone capsule/cream/solution and consult your doctor:
  • If you are allergic to dimethicone any other ingredient of capsule/solution/cream.
  • If you are being treated for thyroid disorder.

Frequently asked questions for SAFELAX


Q. Does dimethicone kill lice, pubic lice, nits and scabies?
Dimethicone may kills lice, pubic lice and scabies. Dimethicone does not kill nits. 
Q. Is dimethicone safe?
Dimethicone is safe if used as recommended. In case of any side effects, consult your doctor.
Q. Is dimethicone safe for natural hair or does it dry out hair? 
Dimethicone is safe and does not dry out natural hair, if used as recommended. However, it may occasionally cause hair loss. In case of any side effects, consult your doctor
Q. Is dimethicone good for skin?
Dimethicone is not toxic for skin.

Q. Is dimethicone toxic?
Dimethicone is not toxic.

Q. Does dimethicone cause acne, cancer?
 and does not cause cancer. It may cause acne after very long term use.
Q. Is dimethicone the same as silicone?
Dimethicone belongs to group of compound known as silicone.
Q. Does dimethicone cause milia?
Dimethicone may cause milia.

Polyethylene Glycol

Q. Is polyethylene glycol safe? 
Polyethylene glycol is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is polyethylene glycol the same as Miralax? 
Yes. Miralax is the brand name of polyethylene glycol.

Potassium Chloride

Q. Is potassium chloride a strong electrolyte?
Potassium chloride is a strong electrolyte.
Q. Is potassium chloride safe?
Potassium chloride is safe if used as recommended.
Q. Is potassium chloride a base?
Potassium chloride is not a base or acid, it is neutral with a PH value of 7.

Sodium Bicarbonate

Q. Is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) basic?
Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is basic (alkaline) in nature.

Q. Does it dissolve in water?
 It dissolves in water and neutralizes stomach acid to relieve heartburn and indigestion associated with hyperacidity.
Q. Does sodium bicarbonate whiten teeth or kill bacteria?
Sodium bicarbonate can remove surface stains on teeth. Its antibacterial action, however, is not clearly understood yet.
Q. Is sodium bicarbonate gluten free?
Yes, sodium bicarbonate is gluten free. Refer to the package insert of the prescribed brand to get the more information about components of the formulation.
Q. Does sodium bicarbonate raise blood pressure?
Yes. If given in excess amount, it may raise blood pressure.
Q. Does sodium bicarbonate cause kidney stones?
Sodium bicarbonate does not cause kidney stones and it is used in the treatment of special type of kidney stones (uric acid stones).

Sodium Chloride

Q. Is sodium chloride soluble in water?
Sodium chloride is soluble in water.

Is sodium chloride acidic or basic?
Sodium chloride is a neutral salt (neither acidic nor basic).

Is sodium chloride ionic or covalent?
Sodium chloride is an example of ionic bonding, where the molecule is formed by ionization of participating atoms and attraction between them.

Q. Does sodium chloride expire?
Normally, sodium chloride does not have an expiry date if stored under appropriate conditions.

Q. Is sodium chloride polar?
Sodium chloride is ionic, which is considered highly polar.

Q. Is sodium chloride an antioxidant?
Sodium chloride does not possess antioxidant property.


Content on this page was last updated on 22 August, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)