Kolanticon is a gel that is used to treat digestive issues, many of which are related to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and acid reflux. It is manufactured by Fleet Laboratories Limited.
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Kolanticon is a medication that comes in the form of a gel. It is used to treat various digestive issues and is available to buy over the counter. It works by targeting various symptoms, such as flatulence, acid reflux, stomach cramps and gastritis. Whether these symptoms occur collectively, as in certain cases of IBS, or independently of one another, Kolanticon is an effective treatment.
IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, is a relatively common condition, and a small percentage of people experience symptoms serious enough to warrant medical attention. For many, a simple change of diet, or perhaps lifestyle changes, will be enough to control their symptoms.
IBS presents with many of the symptoms that Kolanticon is designed to treat, such as cramping, bloating and excessive flatulence, although exactly how these symptoms present does depend on the individual. It is not entirely clear what causes IBS, but it is thought that triggers range from anxiety to a previous infection. Gut bacteria is also thought to be a major factor in the severity of the symptoms and how the condition manifests.
Indigestion, or dyspepsia, consists of a variety of symptoms that are caused by difficulty in digesting food, such as a discomfort in the stomach, nausea, a feeling of bloatedness, acid reflux and excessive burping. Sometimes these symptoms can occur in conjunction with one another, and at other times present individually.
Acid reflux, also known as gastro-oesophageal reflux, is caused when stomach acids are drawn back into the gullet (oesophagus), which is the same process that causes heartburn. It’s usually caused by eating fatty foods or consuming alcohol. The reflux element is often triggered by lying down, and you’re therefore likely to experience it overnight, in bed. It is also possible, however, that symptoms have no apparent cause.
Recurring episodes of acid reflux can cause oesophagitis, where the lining of the oesophagus is inflamed due to the irritation caused by the constant presence of stomach acids. In the most severe and prolonged cases, this can lead to scar tissue in the area, which narrows the gullet and can make it difficult to swallow.
Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining, and mild forms of it are common. For some people, however, it’s chronic in nature and can last for several years, causing considerable discomfort. It’s usually triggered by an infection, typically bacterial, which triggers symptoms in the short term. In some cases, symptoms never completely subside and include indigestion, a burning pain, nausea or a sensation of fullness. If the stomach lining wears away and is exposed to the natural acids in the stomach, called erosive gastritis, this can lead to further pain, an ulcer and bleeding. In most cases, symptoms can be controlled with diet and antacids until the condition subsides. Should it last for more than a few weeks, however, you should consult your doctor.
Hiatus hernia is a very common condition for those over 50 and rarely causes issues for those affected. In fact, it is thought that most people with the condition are entirely unaware they have it, as it is often symptomless. In cases where people do experience symptoms, they may experience heartburn and acid reflux, a feeling of constant bloating, excessive burping, nausea, bad breath and difficulty swallowing.
Treatment for these conditions varies depending on the cause, and the severity of the symptoms. Severe cases of IBS can be treated with a combination of counselling and medications. Over the counter medications like Kolanticon are in most cases sufficient in the short-term to treat the symptoms listed above. It is only when conditions become chronic and severe that other treatments may be required, and stronger medications prescribed.
Kolanticon contains four separate active ingredients, each with the ability to treat specific symptoms. Light magnesium oxide and aluminium hydroxide are antacids, and are substances that counteract the stomach acids present in the oesophagus, reducing irritation and inflammation. Simeticone, an anti-foaming agent, helps reduce the amount of trapped wind in the gut by pooling the gas that is present into one large bubble, which can then be easily expelled, controlling bloating and the pain of trapped wind. Dicycloverine ,an antimuscarinic, helps ease the pain of stomach cramps and spasms by relaxing the intestinal muscles.
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Although Kolanticon is available over the counter, it still comes with some risks if not taken as directed. If you have been prescribed it, your doctor will give you instructions that should be followed to the letter in order to get the most out of the treatment. You should also refer to the patient information leaflet that comes with the medication.
- Usual dosage is two to four teaspoons every four hours.
- A teaspoon equates to 5ml, so take 10ml to 20ml every four hours.
- Shake the bottle well before using.
- Do not take double the dosage if you have forgotten a dose. Simply carry on treatment as you have been instructed.
- If symptoms do not improve after a few days, seek medical advice.
- If you take too much Kolanticon, seek medical advice immediately.
While most people will experience only mild side effects or none at all, it is important to be aware of any potential risks with the treatment. Taking the medicine as instructed can help reduce the risks and severity of side effects.
If you are experiencing an allergic reaction to Kolanticon, you should seek medical attention immediately.
The following side effects have been reported when using Kolanticon: dry mouth; constipation; problems urinating; altered vision.
Conditions to look out for
Kolanticon is not a suitable treatment for everyone. You should inform your doctor or pharmacist of any ailments you are currently, or have previously, suffered from. It is only then that they can make a fully informed decision as to whether this medication is right for you. Failure to disclose this information can lead to health risks, increased severity of side effects or render treatment ineffective.
You should not take Kolanticon if you have any of the following conditions: allergies to any of Kolanticon’s ingredients; problems urinating, such as those with an enlarged prostate; glaucoma (which affects vision due to increased pressure behind the eye); myasthenia gravis (a muscular condition); conditions that affect the transit of food through the digestive tract (such as ulcerative colitis).
You should speak to your doctor or pharmacist in order to get the best advice regarding the risks and benefits of treatment with Kolanticon if you experience kidney disease or kidney-related issues, hiatus hernia or a diet low in phosphorus.
Taking it with other medications
The following medicines may interact with Sertraline, so you should tell your doctor if you are taking them: ACE inhibitors, anticoagulants, digoxin, ketoconazole, bisphosphonates, penicillamine and certain antibiotics (such as tetracycline, ciprofloxacin and rifampicin).
You should inform your doctor of any supplements that you are taking, including herbal supplements.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are planning to be pregnant in the near future, you should consult your doctor or pharmacist before starting treatment with Kolanticon.
Driving and using machinery
There are no issues that should affect your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery.
Food, drink and alcohol
There are no restrictions regarding food or alcohol consumption and the use of Kolanticon.
Kolanticon does not affect fertility in men or women.
Can I buy Kolanticon over the counter?
Yes, but it is recommended that you seek advice from a clinician before treatment to ensure that this is the right medication for you.
How should it be stored?
Kolanticon should be stored out of reach of children and in an environment that does not exceed 30C.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, your ability to drive will not be impaired by using Kolanticon.
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