Remedies for Gas Pain

Gas pain can stem from eating too quickly, eating particular foods, emotional stress, certain medications or digestive problems. According to the Mayo Clinic, anything that causes gas may trigger gas pain, which builds up when a person isn’t able to expel it. Once gas dissipates, pain generally disappears, too. Digestive enzymes, antacids, medications, charcoal and peppermint tea may remedy gas and gas-related pain. Severe or persistent gas pain may require medical attention.

Digestive Enzymes

Enzymes are substances that support muscle growth and development and metabolism, or the breakdown of food into energy. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, over-the-counter digestive enzyme supplements may remedy gas pain and prevent it in people who experience it regularly. Over-the-counter digestive enzymes may prove most beneficial in easing gas pain triggered by carbohydrate-based foods, such as whole grains, legumes or high-fiber vegetables. Beano is an example of a digestive enzyme that helps the body breakdown sugars in legumes and vegetables that may result in gas. The enzyme lactase, found in products such as Lactaid, may relieve gas pain in people who have difficulty digesting dairy products, such as milk and ice cream.

Over-the-Counter Antacids

Over-the-counter antacids may help relieve gas and gas pain. The Mayo Clinic suggests products containing simethicone, a substance found in over-the-counter products, such as Gax-X, Gelusil, Mylicon and Mylanta, as a means of reducing gas and gas pain in the digestive tract. Such products may also prevent gas-induced belching. Over-the-counter antacids come in liquid, chewable tablet and dissolving-strip form.

Prescription Medications

Prescription anti-gas medications are available and may be prescribed by a doctor if gas problems intensify or persist. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, prescription medications, such a Lubiprostone, is approved for treatment of gas pain, constipation and other digestive symptoms associated with severe cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). An anti-spasmodic medication, known as dicyclomine may also help remedy gas and digestion-related pain.

Charcoal Tablets or Capsules

Charcoal tablets, also known as activated charcoal, work by absorbing or binding substances in the intestinal tract and stomach, which commonly contributes to gas. Though not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of diarrhea or digestive infections, the Mayo Clinic suggests charcoal tablets, taken before and after meals, as a potentially helpful gas pain remedy.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint is a popular flavoring agent in gum, toothpaste, candies and tea. It is also known to relieve indigestion, improve digestion and calm a person emotionally and physically. According to the Mayo Clinic, the menthol content in peppermint oil may have an antispasmodic effect on the digestive tract muscles and result in reduced occurrences of gas and gas pain. Peppermint tea provides a warm, soothing means of consuming peppermint oil and menthol. Peppermint tea can be purchased in prepared tea, tea bags and dried tea leaf blends, or made by soaking dried peppermint in hot water.

About this Author

August J. McLaughlin is a certified nutritionist and health writer with more than nine years of professional experience. Her work has been featured in various magazines such as “Healthy Aging,” “CitySmart,” “IAmThatGirl” and “ULM.” She holds specializations in eating disorders, healthy weight management and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her second cookbook and Weight Limit – a series of body image/nutrition-related PSAs.