Gas-X® Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
For What Symptoms Is Gas-X® Indicated?
Gas-X® relieves the pressure, bloating, and fullness commonly referred to as gas.
How Does Gas-X® Work?
Simethicone, the active ingredient in Gas-X®, is powerful medicine that breaks up the surface tension of trapped gas and allows your system to deal with it naturally. Gas-X® acts in the stomach and intestines to disperse and reduce the formation of trapped gas bubbles. The defoaming action in Gas-X® reduces the surface tension of gas bubbles so that they are more easily eliminated.
How Fast Will I Feel Better?
While each individual is different, Gas-X® works to help relieve gas fast. If you have prolonged discomfort, it is best to consult with your doctor.
What Are The Directions For Using Gas-X®?
Depending on the type of Gas-X® product you choose (Chewables, Softgels, or Thin Strips®), please refer to the appropriate product Drug Facts which include directions.
Is Gas-X® Safe?
Yes. Gas-X® is safe when used as directed. The active ingredient, simethicone, works gently to relieve your gas symptoms without being absorbed into the bloodstream.
Can Gas-X® Be Used If Pregnant Or Nursing?
If you are pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using Gas-X®.
What Causes Gas?
Gas discomfort can be the result of your fluctuating diet. For example, eating more high fiber foods like beans, cauliflower, broccoli, whole grain products and fresh fruits can cause more gas than your system is used to dealing with. Excess gas can build up and become "trapped." In addition, eating or drinking too quickly can cause you to swallow air that contributes to gas buildup. Please refer to "What is Gas?" section for more information.
Why Do I Feel Bloated With Gas?
Gas is a natural by-product of your digestive system. Your body is well equipped to process a certain amount of gas and, under normal circumstances, does so in a manner that goes virtually unnoticed. But you may occasionally have excess gas that your system is unable to handle, and the resulting discomfort can be very noticeable.
How Is This Different From Occasional Heartburn?
Occasional heartburn is a burning sensation and is best relieved with an antacid. Gas distress involves these symptoms.
- An 'over-full' feeling after eating.
- A sensation of pressure in your stomach, or noticeable bloating
- Abdominal pain (sharp or dull) after eating
Regular antacids are unlikely to relieve gas discomfort.
How Can I Prevent Gas?
While there's always potential for gas discomfort, you can help cut down on the frequency of gas attacks, and make them less severe, by following a few simple guidelines:
- When you change your diet to include healthier, high-fiber foods that can cause more gas, do so gradually to allow your system time to adjust.
- Peel fresh fruits and vegetables and soak dry beans, this can significantly reduce the amount of gas these foods can cause.
- Try not to rush through your meals. You're likely to swallow less air that can contribute to gas discomfort if you take more time to eat.
- Please refer to "What is Gas?" ("Tips to help reduce gas" section) for more information.