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Your intestines contain gas naturally, and it is transported through the small intestine to the colon. Some people may experience excessive gas, which can cause a wide range of uncomfortable symptoms. With the help of over-the-counter gas relief products, you can get respite from these uncomfortable feelings so you can go about your normal life. At CVS, you'll find a range of gas relief products that you can search for by price range, brand name, customer review, and more.

Excess Gas

Excess gas in your stomach is most often caused by swallowing air when you eat or drink. The painful gas in your intestines forms naturally when the bacteria in your colon break down food. As the amount of gas in your system increases, you'll notice an increase in belching or burping, flatulence or uncomfortable pressure in your abdomen. You could also notice that your stomach gets noticeably bigger as the internal pressure builds.

Gas Symptoms

If you have too much gas in your intestines, you can experience a wide range of uncomfortable and embarrassing symptoms. Some of these symptoms include excessive belching or burping, the passing of gas, and a feeling of being too full in the abdominal area. It's important to note that feeling bloated may not be a result of excess gas. If the abdomen is enlarged, it could be a result of too much fluid, a tumor, or even too much fat in the abdomen. Excess belching can sometimes be caused by swallowed air.

If you think you have gas, you should feel relief every time you belch. If it is not caused by gas, belching will not cause relief. The most common causes of gas include some bacteria in the gut causing gas, improper digestion of certain foods, celiac disease, or too much production of bacteria in the small intestine.

What Causes Gas?

There are many potential causes of excess gas. Most often, uncomfortable gas symptoms are triggered by foods that linger in your digestive tract. As the bacteria in your gut break down sugar, starches and fiber, several types of gas are released into your large intestines. But the foods fermenting in your gut are just one of many possible causes. Uncomfortable gas symptoms can also be triggered by:

  • Carbonated drinks
  • Drinking through a straw
  • Fumar
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Food intolerances or sensitivities

How To Release Gas From Stomach

There are many over-the-counter gas relief products that break down excess gas, ease gas pressure and eliminate bloating. CVS Pharmacy™ offers easy-to-swallow softgels, capsules and chewable tablets featuring several active ingredients known to provide fast-acting relief or prevent recurring symptoms. Many of our gas relief products feature:

  • Simethicone: A fast-acting compound that breaks down excess gas and alleviates symptoms
  • Calcium Carbonate: Neutralizes discomfort by lowering the amount of acid in the stomach
  • Digestive Enzymes: Taken before or after meals to help breakdown complex carbohydrates
  • Natural Supplements: To aid digestion and ease uncomfortable pain and bloating
  • Activated Charcoal: Shown to relieve symptoms by absorbing and eliminating excess gas

How To Get Rid Of Gas

Gas formation is a natural result of digestion. However, if uncomfortable symptoms occur frequently, you may want to take steps to prevent excess gas from forming. Avoiding or reducing your intake of the following foods is a good place to start:
  • Dried beans and lentils
  • Broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts
  • Sauerkraut, pickles and cabbage
  • Apples, peaches and pears
  • Carbonated soft drinks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Prunes and raisins

Physical activity can also help your body release excess gas and alleviate bloating and discomfort. While excess gas is not usually a cause for concern, please consult your health care provider if your pain is severe, you've been losing weight, notice blood in your stool or have persistent heartburn.


How To Relieve Gas

For most people who suffer from excessive gas, there are over-the-counter treatments that are affordable, effective, and readily available. One product that has gained popularity in recent years contains an ingredient known as alpha-D-galactosidase, which an enzyme produced by a mold that is sold in liquid or tablet form. The enzyme can help your body break down foods like vegetables that could be difficult to digest, resulting in gas. When the enzyme reaches the colonic bacteria, it works to combat the excess production of intestinal gas.

Perhaps the most common type of gas relief treatments are simethicone and activated charcoal. Both of these ingredients may help to reduce the formation of gas in the colon, and they can be found in a myriad of products in both liquid and pill format. Other options include supplementing your diet with pancreatic enzymes. This supplement is taken with meals to help replace any missing enzymes that promote good digestive function. While too much gas can be embarrassing and sometimes painful, there are many different options that will give you the relief you need.

Gas Medicine

Gas medicine offers fast relief from uncomfortable pressure and bloating. Gas pills work quickly to reduce the buildup of gas bubbles that can become trapped in your stomach and intestines, causing discomfort and fullness. Most stomach gas relief pills should be taken after eating. However, some medicine for gas, such as Beano, should be taken before starting a meal. In addition to gas pills, gas relief chews are also available. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and which over the counter gas treatment is right for you.

 

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