Gas Relief Products
Gas pain can be uncomfortable and bothersome but it’s usually a natural experience and should not cause worry. Gas pain is produced by a buildup of natural bacteria byproduct in the intestines, and typically resolves on its own through burping or passing gas. For some people, gas pains can cause bloating and painful cramps, especially in response to certain foods or after swallowing too much air. While lifestyle changes can often resolve gas pains, there are also over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that can help reduce gas symptoms for some people. These include chewables, tablets, capsules, and softgels that are all available for purchase in stores or online at Walgreens.
How do I get rid of gas in my stomach?
The best way to reduce gas in the stomach is by burping. Gas in the intestines can be relieved by passing gas. Over-the-counter products can also reduce gas pains. These products contain different active ingredients and work in different ways. Some of the most common include alpha-galactosidase, lactase, and simethicone. These products help break down carbohydrates in some beans and vegetables, digest the sugar in dairy products and break up bubbles in gas to help move gas through the digestive tract. Depending on the cause of your gas pain, some gas relief products will work better for you than others. Speak with your healthcare provider or a pharmacist at Walgreens if you have questions about the right choice for you.
What is excess stomach gas?
Gas in the stomach is usually caused by swallowing excess air when eating or drinking. Stomach gas can typically be released by burping. Eating too quickly, chewing gum, drinking through and straw and drinking carbonated beverages can all contribute to increased stomach gas. When the bacteria in your intestines break down fibers, sugars, and starches from the foods you eat, they produce gas as a byproduct in the intestines, and this is what can cause intestinal gas. Some medical conditions such as constipation, food intolerances, and Crohn’s disease can also cause intestinal gas and bloating in some people.
What causes gas?
Gas in a natural byproduct of digestion but there are factors that can increase the risk of experiencing gas pains for some people. Some people have trouble digesting foods that contain certain ingredients such as lactose, fructose, and gluten, and this can make gas worse. Constipation, a low-fiber diet, and certain medications such as opioids can slow digestion and cause gas in the intestines. Fiber supplements and sugar replacements such as xylitol and artificial sweeteners can also cause gas for some people.
If you experience extreme gas pain or other symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss or rectal bleeding, consult your healthcare provider right away. Most gas pain is normal to experience on occasion and over-the-counter gas relief products may help reduce uncomfortable symptoms when used safely and according to the instructions on the label. Talk to a pharmacist at Walgreens if you have questions about how to reduce gas pain or consult a pharmacy expert 24/7 online with Walgreens pharmacy chat.