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What is Simethicone?

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When you’re out in public and that familiar — but still awkward — feeling of building gas starts up in your stomach, it can quickly make you feel like you’re the only person in the world who’s ever had to deal with it. Even though we all know this isn’t true (most people pass gas anywhere from 14 to 23 times a day), dealing with gas and bloating in public can make anyone want to find a solution ASAP!

Luckily, Gas-X has you covered in a pinch. Thanks to Gas-X’s active ingredient simethicone — the #1 doctor recommended ingredient for fast gas relief among OTC brands — Gas-X works with your body to help relieve gas and bloating fast.

But what is simethicone? We’re so glad you asked!

Simethicone: What Is It, and How Does it Work?

Simply put, simethicone is a anti-foaming agent that is orally administered to treat the effects of stomach gases that cause bloating and discomfort that helps connect and break down gas bubbles in the stomach so the gas can be easily burped or passed by the body.

How to Have Less Gas

While Gas-X (and simethicone) can help whenever gas bubbles up, there are a few ways to lessen the chance of having to deal with it in the first place.

See if you notice a pattern when it comes to particular foods and gas, as certain fruits, vegetables, and whole grain products can be gas creators. Since high-fat foods leave the stomach slowly (which can sometimes block gas in the lower intestine), you may want to consider lessening these types of foods as well.

It may be helpful to talk to your doctor about adding probiotics (healthy bacteria) to your diet, as sometimes probiotics can help change the “bacterial flora” in your stomach, easing gas symptoms.

Lastly, don’t forget exercise! It’s great at stimulating the intestines to help get excess gas moving in the right direction.

Occasional gas can be a nuisance, but slight tweaks to your daily life may be able to make it less so. And for those unexpected moments, Gas-X is a safe and efficient way to find relief fast!

As always, it’s best to talk to your doctor before starting to take any new drug, over the counter or not, and to start with a small dose to make sure there is no allergic reaction.

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