Pros: does help expel intestinal gas, alleviates bloating
Why take this medication:
This is only for ages 12 and up. One pill taken a maximum of 4 times per day!!!!!
To relieve the symptoms commonly referred to as gas:
It is also helpful post-surgery. It is a common side effect of laparoscopic (belly-button, keyhole) surgery to have pain referred to the shoulders. This is a result of some of the gas they use to fill the abdomen being left behind to irritate the diaphragm.
This pain can often be as bad, or worse than the after-effect of the surgery itself. And while left alone it will generally pass within 48 hours, there is no need to suffer. With your physician's permission you can take an over-the-counter gas medication and the gas will leave your system more quickly.
I can tell you that this medication has eased my own recovery post-op on more than one occasion.
What medicine do these pills contain?
125 mg. Simethicone
inactive ingredients: D&C Red #33, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Red #40, Gelatin, Glycerin, Peppermint Oil, Sorbitol, Titanium Dioxide, Water
What is Simethicone
It is an inert detergent-like substance which breaks large gas bubbles down into smaller ones, making it easier for them to move on their way through the digestive tract painlessly.
It is important to note that it will only help the air already in your tract to be more readily expelled by belching or passing flatus. It does not prevent the formation of gas nor does it make intestinal gases disappear.
It passes through the system without being absorbed into the body and is therefore considered safe in most individuals. It is not associated with any drug interactions. And side effect, if they occur or minor and limited to bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and heartburn.
Alka-Seltzer has packaged this medication in liquid softgels in 12-count packages. Many other over-the-counter gas products have half the amount of Simethicone found in these pills and aren't as effective.
I found them easy to take, with no after-taste or sensation of repeating. And they were effective. An hour after taking them, things were moving along nicely as I was starting to get relief from my gas related pain.
All in all I found this to be a worthwhile product to keep in my medicine cabinet!!