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Does Gas x make you fart?

 
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Gas-X is a brand name drug from GlaskoSmithKline. It is used to provide relief of pressure, bloating, and fullness commonly referred to as gas. The active ingredient responsible for how the drug works is simethicone. Simethicone is an anti-foaming agent that is marketed to reduce the buildup of intestinal gases that cause bloating and discomforting i.e. farting. It does this by reducing the surface tension of gas bubbles causing them to break apart and pass more smoothly through your body.

In theory, the action on surface tension should actually prevent or stop farting, not cause it. However, there are only a few randomized controlled trials with simethicone that show inconsistent results for gas relief. Other methods to manage gas include dietary changes, enzyme preparations to facilitate digestion, adsorbents, treatments to change gut flora, and drugs that modify gut transit.

References
1. GlaskoSmithKline Gas-X Usage Accessed February 24, 2018.
3. Hasler WL. Gas and Bloating. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2006;2(9):654-662 URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28316536 Accessed February 24, 2018
4. Holtmann G, Gschossmann J, Karaus M, et al. Randomised double-blind comparison of simethicone with cisapride in functional dyspepsia. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 1999;13:1459-1465 URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10571602 Accessed February 24, 2018
5. Kaplan MA, Prior MJ, Ash RR, et al. Loperamide-simethicone vs loperamide alone, simethicone alone, and placebo in the treatment of acute diarrhea with gas-related abdominal discomfort. A randomized controlled trial. Arch Fam Med. 1999;8:243-248 URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10333820 Accessed February 24, 2018 Accessed February 24, 2018
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Gas

Everyone has gas. Most people pass gas 13 to 21 times a day. Passing gas through the mouth is called belching or burping. Passing gas through the anus is called flatulence. Most of the time gas does not have an odor. The odor comes from bacteria in the large intestine that release small amounts of gases that contain sulfur.

Demographics - Gas

Following is the demographic information reported by website visitors for Gas. Information below may include patient demographics as well as data for website visitors who might be researching on behalf of patients e.g. parents for small children. The data below may or may not be reflective of the complete patient population demographics for this medicine/health topic.
Gender
3 out of 3 users are male.
Users Percentile
Female0
Male3
Other0
Participants: 3
Age
The most common user is 30-40 years old.
Users Percentile
< 211
21-301
30-402
40-501
50+0
Participants: 5
Marital Status
Users most commonly report that they are 'Single, never married'.
Users Percentile
Single, never married1
Married or domestic partnership1
Participants: 2
Disease
Users most commonly suffer from Back pain.
Users Percentile
Back pain3
Participants: 3
Body Weight
0 out of 2 users report that they are overweight.
Users Percentile
Overweight0
Not overweight2
Participants: 2
Smoking Habit
2 out of 4 users report that they do not smoke.
Users Percentile
Smoke2
Do not smoke2
Participants: 4
Alcohol Consumption Frequency
Users most commonly report having alcohol more than two drinks a day.
Users Percentile
Never1
One drink a day1
Two drinks a day0
More than two drinks a day2
Once a week0
Twice a week1
Once a month0
Participants: 5
Well-being
1 out of 1 users report that they had significant pain in the last 3 months.
Users Percentile
Significant pain in the last 3 months1
No significant pain in the last 3 months0
Participants: 1
Profession
Doctor is the most common profession reported by users.
Users Percentile
Doctor1
Other1
Participants: 1
Routine Health Check-ups
0 out of 1 users report that they receive routine health check-ups or physical examinations.
Users Percentile
Yes, receive routine health check-ups or physical examinations0
No, do not receive routine health check-ups or physical examinations1
Participants: 1
Missed Health Checkup Reason
'I do not have the time' is the most commonly reported reason for not receiving routine health checkups.
Users Percentile
I do not have the time1
Participants: 1
Medication
3 out of 4 users report that they are taking more than one medicine on regular basis.
Users Percentile
Yes, taking more than one medicine on regular basis3
No, not on taking more than one medicine on regular basis1
Participants: 4
Immunization
2 out of 3 users report that they are have received immunization.
Users Percentile
Yes, received immunization2
No, not received immunization1
Participants: 3
Supplements
2 out of 4 users report that they take vitamins or herbal supplements.
Users Percentile
Yes, taking supplements2
No, not taking supplements2
Participants: 4
Exercise Frequency
Users most commonly exercise everyday.
Users Percentile
Once a week0
Twice a week0
Five times a week0
Everyday1
Never1
Participants: 2
Exercise Duration
Users most commonly report that they exercise 'Less than 30 minutes' each time.
Users Percentile
Less than 30 minutes1
Participants: 1
Like Exercising
Users most commonly report that they enjoy exercising 'Always'.
Users Percentile
Always1
Participants: 1
Difficulties in Exercising
'Proper techniques' is the most commonly reported difficulty in achieving fitness.
Users Percentile
Proper techniques1
Participants: 1
Fruits and Vegetables
Users most commonly report that they eat fruits and vegetables '1-3 times per week'.
Users Percentile
1-3 times per week3
Everyday2
Participants: 5
Healthy Food Choices
Users most commonly report that they make a healthy food choice 'Sometimes'.
Users Percentile
Sometimes1
Participants: 1
Eating Out
Users most commonly report to eat out 'Every other day'.
Users Percentile
Every other day1
Everyday1
Participants: 2
Fast Food Frequency
Users most commonly report that they eat fast food '1-3 times per month'.
Users Percentile
1-3 times per month1
1-3 times per week1
Participants: 2
Special Diet
2 out of 2 users report that they are on a special diet.
Users Percentile
Yes, on a special diet2
No, not on a special diet0
Participants: 2
Housing Type
Users most commonly report that they live in a 'House'.
Users Percentile
House2
Townhouse1
Nursing home1
Participants: 4
Own Home
3 out of 3 users report that they own a home.
Users Percentile
Yes, own a home3
No, do not own a home0
Participants: 3
Non-emergency Visits
Users most commonly report that they go to 'Doctor's Clinic' for their non-emergency health issues.
Users Percentile
Doctor's Clinic1
Dispensary1
Participants: 2
Medicine Source
Users most commonly report to buy medicine from 'Doctor's office'.
Users Percentile
Doctor's office2
Hospital1
Local pharmacy1
Participants: 4
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