Dicyclomine + Dimethicone/Polydimethylsiloxane is a combination of two medicines: Dicyclomine + Dimethicone/Polydimethylsiloxane1 and Dicyclomine + Dimethicone/Polydimethylsiloxane2. Dicyclomine + Dimethicone/Polydimethylsiloxane1 is an antispasmodic which works by relaxing the muscles in your stomach and gut (intestine). It stops sudden muscle contractions (spasms), thereby relieving abdominal cramps and pain. Dicyclomine + Dimethicone/Polydimethylsiloxane2 is an antifoaming medicine which disintegrates gas bubbles and allows easy passage of gas.
Q. What should I discuss with my doctor before taking Colwin?
Before you start taking Colwin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to this medicine or if you have problems with urination. Also inform your doctor if you have a bowel obstruction or severe constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a serious heart condition or active bleeding. Your doctor should also be informed if you are breastfeeding or have glaucoma (eye disorder causing gradual loss of sight).
Q. What is Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the stomach acid frequently flows back into the esophagus (the tube which connects your mouth and stomach). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus. Symptoms include chest pain (heartburn), usually after eating, which might be worse at night and difficulty in swallowing.
Q. What are the instructions for storage and disposal of Colwin?
Keep this medicine in the container or the pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.
Q. Can I use Colwin while breastfeeding?
It is advised that you use Colwin only when it is clearly needed. It is known that the medicine passes into breast milk and may have serious side effects on an infant younger than 6 months of age. Do not breastfeed while taking this medicine or else seek your doctor’s advice.
Q. Can the use of Colwin cause dryness in mouth?
Yes, the use of Colwin can cause dry mouth. If you experience dry mouth, drink plenty of water. Take regular sips during the day and keep some water by your bed at night. You may use lip balm if your lips are also dry.
Q. Does Colwin affect blood pressure?
Yes, Colwin may cause low blood pressure resulting in sudden dizziness when you stand up rapidly. Patients with an irregular heartbeat and congestive heart failure should take special care while taking this medicine.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.