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Smecta is used primarily as adjuvant treatment for various forms of diarrhea.

Last Modified: 02 Jul 2024

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What is Smecta? 

Smecta is a brand name of the generic compound dioctahedral smectite or diosmectite, a natural silicate derived from clay, used primarily as adjuvant treatment for various forms of diarrhea. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and also works by lining the stomach and intestines, thereby providing a barrier against absorption of toxins, binds toxins and effectively helps reduce stool output. 

Global Name

The generic name for Smecta is dioctahedral smectite,and it is available under the brand name Smecta among others. 


What is Smecta used for? 

Smecta is used for the symptomatic treatment of: 

How do you use Smecta?  


Smecta is available in powder form, which is dissolved in water to create a suspension for oral intake. 

Dosage information:

  • Adults: One to three sachets per day, depending on the severity of the symptoms. 
  • Children: The dosage may vary; consult a pediatrician for precise dosing. 


  • Children: Yes, with adjusted dosing. 
  • Adults: Suitable for adults. 
  • Elderlies: Can be used, but with caution, especially if there are concerns about dosage adjustment due to renal function. 
  • Pregnancy: Generally considered safe, but it's always best to consult a healthcare provider. 
  • Lactation: Can be used, but consulting a healthcare provider is advisable. 

Is there anyone who can’t take Smecta? 

  • Children: Infants under 1 year should use under medical supervision. 
  • Adults: Those with severe chronic constipation should avoid use. 
  • Elderlies: Use with caution; consult healthcare providers for appropriate dosing. 
  • Pregnancy: Consult a doctor before use. 
  • Lactation: Consult a doctor before use. 

Allergies: Individuals allergic to any components of Smecta should avoid it. 


Warnings and Precautions:

  • Do not exceed recommended doses to avoid constipation. 
  • Drink plenty of fluids to compensate for fluid loss due to diarrhea. 
  • It’s preferable to take Smecta apart from other medications (at least 2 hours) as it may interfere with their absorption. 

Drug and Food/Beverage Interactions

  • Avoid simultaneous use with other oral medications as Smecta may hinder their absorption. 
  • Not recommended for use in patients with fructose intolerance due to the presence of glucose in the formulation. 

Side Effects

Common side effects may include constipation, nausea, and vomiting if taken in high doses.

Pharmacist Tips

Storage information: 
Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the sachets sealed until use. 

Handling instructions: 
Ensure proper mixing of the powder in water according to instructions to avoid incorrect dosage and ensure effectiveness. 


Where is Smecta available in Hong Kong?

Smecta is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication that can be sold without a prescription. It is found in all chain drug stores, including Mannings and Watsons. 



How long does Smecta take to work?

Smecta typically begins to work within a few hours after ingestion, depending on the individual and the condition being treated.

Can Smecta be taken on an empty stomach? 

Yes, Smecta can be taken on an empty stomach or with meals, as it does not affect its efficacy.

Is Smecta safe for long-term use? 

For chronic conditions, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider for appropriate guidance and monitoring.

Can Smecta be taken with other anti-diarrheal medications?

It is best to avoid combining Smecta with other anti-diarrheal drugs without medical advice to prevent potential adverse interactions like constipation or obstipation (severe, chronic constipation).

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