Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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I Have Constant Gas

Wednesday, 11 Apr 2012 09:15 AM


Question: I have constant gas. I’ve tried some diet changes but nothing seems to work. It seems like a funny problem to some people, but I’d like some relief. Do you have any suggestions? I’m a 70-year-old man.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

If your gas is caused by another health problem, treating the underlying condition may offer relief. Otherwise, bothersome gas is generally treated with dietary measures, lifestyle modifications, or over-the-counter medications. I hope you have already avoided the right foods that might be causing this problem.

Try to add a product called Beano to beans and vegetables to help reduce the amount of gas they produce. Try eating several small meals throughout the day instead of two or three larger ones, eat slowly, chew your food thoroughly and don't gulp. Avoid chewing gum, sucking on hard candies and drinking through a straw, don't eat when you're anxious, upset or on the run, don't smoke, and exercise regularly.

Supplements of the enzyme lactase (Lactaid, Dairy Ease), which helps you digest lactose, may help if you are lactose intolerant. You might also try dairy products that are lactose-free or have reduced lactose. Over-the-counter products that contain simethicone (Gas-X, Gelusil, Mylanta, Mylicon) help break up the bubbles in gas. Charcoal tablets (CharcoCaps, Charcoal Plus, others) also may help. You take them before and after a meal.


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