Degas


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Degas: Renoir

simethicone

(si-meth-i-kone) ,

Degas

(trade name),

Extra Strength Gas-X

(trade name),

Flatulex

(trade name),

Gas Relief

(trade name),

Gas-X

(trade name),

Genasyme

(trade name),

Infacol

(trade name),

Maximum Strength Mylanta Gas

(trade name),

Mylanta Gas

(trade name),

Mylicon

(trade name),

Ovol

(trade name),

Pediacol

(trade name),

Phazyme

(trade name)

Classification

Therapeutic: antiflatulent
Pregnancy Category: UK

Indications

Relief of painful symptoms of excess gas in the GI tract that may occur postoperatively or as a consequence of:
  • Air swallowing,
  • Dyspepsia,
  • Peptic ulcer,
  • Diverticulitis.

Action

Causes the coalescence of gas bubbles.
Does not prevent the formation of gas.

Therapeutic effects

Passage of gas through the GI tract by belching or passing flatus.

Pharmacokinetics

Absorption: No systemic absorption occurs.
Distribution: Not systemically distributed.
Metabolism and Excretion: Excreted unchanged in the feces.
Half-life: Unknown.

Time/action profile (antiflatulent effect)

ROUTEONSETPEAKDURATION
POimmediateunknown3 hr

Contraindications/Precautions

Contraindicated in: Not recommended for infant colic.
Use Cautiously in: Abdominal pain of unknown cause, especially when accompanied by fever; Obstetric / Lactation: Has been used safely.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

None significant.

Interactions

Drug-Drug interaction

None significant.

Route/Dosage

Oral (Adults) 40–125 mg qid, after meals and at bedtime (up to 500 mg/day).
Oral (Children 2–12 yr) 40 mg 4 times daily.
Oral (Children <2 yr) 20 mg 4 times daily (up to 240 mg/day).

Availability (generic available)

Chewable tablets: 40 mgOTC, 80 mgOTC, 125 mgOTC, 150 mgOTC
Tablets: 60 mgOTC, 80 mgOTC, 95 mgOTC
Capsules: 125 mgOTC, 166 mgOTC, 180 mgOTC
Drops: 40 mg/0.6 mLOTC, 40 mg/mLOTC, 95 mg/1.425 mLOTC
In combination with: antacidsOTC. See combination drugs.

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess patient for abdominal pain, distention, and bowel sounds prior to and periodically throughout course of therapy. Frequency of belching and passage of flatus should also be assessed.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Acute pain (Indications)

Implementation

  • Oral: Administer after meals and at bedtime for best results. Shake liquid preparations well prior to administration. Chewable tablets should be chewed thoroughly before swallowing for faster and more complete results.
    • Drops can be mixed with 30 mL of cool water, infant formula, or other liquid as directed. Shake well before using.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Explain to patient the importance of diet and exercise in the prevention of gas. Also explain that this medication does not prevent the formation of gas.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional if symptoms are persistent.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Decrease in abdominal distention and discomfort.

Degas

To release and vent gases. New building materials often give off gases and odors and the air should be well circulated to remove them.
References in periodicals archive ?
Ballerinas, milliners, women bathers, circus performers: these are the subjects that Edgar Degas is most commonly known.
It is up to the viewer to see how profoundly the encounter between Cassatt and Degas affected their art.
Left, a bronze sculpture of a galloping horse by Degas has been donated to the National Museum in Cardiff PICTURE: Peter Bolter (c)
Beginning in the 1880s, Degas began focusing on women in their everyday intimate moments, washing, drying themselves, combing their hair.
She was careful to purchase pieces as eye-catching as the marvellous Van Gogh, as well as more demanding and academic works such as the Degas selfportrait.
Degas and the Ballet is at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly.
Degas challenged the conventions of his age first by choosing an original subject matter--ballet dancers (not a really prestigious occupation at the time) and second by managing to grasp the bare essence of the movement of their bodies without idealising them.
Born in Paris during the same decade as Edouard Manet, Paul Cezanne, and Claude Monet, Degas had many opportunities.
It opened in 1960, and holds more than 200 paintings including seven each by Van Gogh and Cezanne, six by Degas and five by Monet, according to its website.
The Howard Johnson-trained Degas Art was also successful on his debut at the East Lothian course, when winning a Listed juvenile hurdle in October, before beating Pouvoir by half a length at Aintree the following month.
By placing the woman at the margin, Degas challenges the category of portraiture, which typically directs the viewer toward the sitter.