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Gas problems are treated by changing your diet and by training yourself to swallow less air. There are also prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications that can help reduce gas.

Changing your diet will mean eliminating the foods that cause gas. Unfortunately, this may also result in the elimination of nutritious foods. Ask your health care provider or a dietician to help you construct a diet that is healthy but doesn't cause excessive gas. 

Over-the-counter medications can also relieve gas symptoms, including:

  • Antacids -- especially those that contain simethicone
  • Probiotics -- used to help kill bad bacteria and add good bacteria to the digestive tract
  • Lactase products such as Lactaid and Dairy Ease -- may help people with lactose intolerance
  • Beano -- contains the enzyme that helps digest sugars in beans and many other vegetables.

Some people have a digestive disorder in which the normal movement of the gastrointestinal tract is limited (motility disorder), such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Your doctor may prescribe certain drugs to help move food through your digestive system. Drugs that improve the motility of the digestive tract, such as Reglan, may move gas through the digestive tract more quickly.

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