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What is the best thing to take if I am feeling really gassy?

My wife makes lots of vegetables so I am often gassy... What can I take to help me with that?
Asked Jan 17, 2014

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Gas can be an embarrassing and uncomfortable problem that often arises at the worst possible time sometimes as a result of certain disorders including irritable bowel syndrome or poor diet. There are ways to address gas that rely on lifestyle changes but some medications can make tackling this problem a little easier.

Certain over-the-counter medications containing simethicone, an anti-foaming agent, are safe and effective for treatment of excessive gas or flatulence. This ingredient is commonly found in a number of brand name products including Gas-X and Mylicon. This over-the-counter product is often effective at decreasing the volume and frequency of gas.

Review the medication information on the product packaging of these medications to see what ingredients they contain.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common cause of excess gas and upset stomach. IBS frequently causes changes in quality of life: http://www.rxwiki.com/news-article/ibs-patients-judged-their-overall-health-based-fatigue-and-social-interactions

Learn more about irritable bowel syndrome here: http://www.rxwiki.com/conditions/irritable-bowel-syndrome
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