Antigas Agents

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Anti-gas Agents are medicines that are used relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of too much gas in the stomach and intestines. Anti-gas agents or drugs are available in the form of capsules, liquids, and tablets (regular and chewable). They are available as OTC medicines, without a physician's prescription.

Purpose of Antigas Agents

There are a number of reasons which can build up excess gas in the stomach and intestines such as follows:

  • Consuming high-fiber foods like beans, grains, and vegetables on a regular basis.
  • Swallowing air unconsciouly while eating and drinking, chewing gum, or smoking cigarettes.
  • Surgery
  • Certain medical conditions like irritable colon, Peptic Ulcer, and Diverticulosis, can also lead to gas build-up.
  • Certain intestinal parasites can also lead to severe gas production

All these need to be treated separately with special drugs. The symptoms of gas are like abdominal pain, bloating, pressure, and flatulence. Anti-gas Agents help in relieving the symptoms by preventing the formation of gas pockets and breaking up gas that already is trapped in the stomach and intestines. The ingredient that helps relieve excess gas is simethicone.

Popular Brands

Some commonly used brands are
  • Gas-X
  • Flatulex
  • Di-Gel
  • Mylanta Gas Relief
  • Phazyme