Colic Medication

Updated: Nov 28, 2017
  • Author: Prashant G Deshpande, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Medication Summary

Simethicone is a nonabsorbable medication that changes the surface tension of gas bubbles, allowing them to coalesce and disperse and releasing the gas for easier expulsion. Experimental evidence does not support its use in colic.

Sedatives, such as phenobarbital, chloral hydrate, and alcohol (gripe water) should never be used, however tempting. Herbal remedies have been used in many cultures. The common ingredients include chamomilla, bitter apple, and fenugreek. Only a handful of studies of herbal products have been conducted, and additional studies of their safety and efficacy are needed.