“ / Type: Stomach Ailments „
Trapped wind is not something I suffer with very often I am pleased to say, but like most people, it crops up from time to time and can be very uncomfortable and quite painful on occasion.
I was going on holiday last year and began to experience some sharp stomach cramps at the airport and recognised the symptoms of trapped wind. Facing a four and a half hour flight, I didn't want to be sat on the plane feeling uncomfortable and in pain and so I visited the Boots store inside the airport to see if I could buy anything to relieve the symptoms.
I must admit I had never bought anything to help relieve the syptoms of trapped wind before as thankfully it doesn't happen to me very often and when it does, it doesn't usually doesn't last too long. However, I felt uneasy on this occasion knowing I was going to be stuck in a plane seat for a few hours and really wanted the cramp-like pains to go away and not get any worse.
I came out of Boots having bought a box of Setlers Wind-eze tablets, which promised express relief from the pain and discomfort of bloating and trapped wind. Peppermint flavour which I don't mind and also being chewable, meant these tablets are really convenient to take right away.
Wind-eze chewable tablets contain the active ingredient simeticone, which is a type of medicine known as an 'anti-foaming agent'. This works to reduce the amount of trapped wind in the gut. It brings together all the small bubbles of gas which become trapped amongst your stomach contents and forms larger bubbles which are more easily expelled by burping or passing wind.
I was hoping for the express relief stated as I really didn't want to be burping or passing wind whilst sat on the plane. How embarrassing!
One or two tablets can be taken three or four times a day to relieve the symptoms and these are not suitable for children under the age of 12.
I decided to take two, as I really felt quite worried as well as being uncomfortable. The cramping pains were quite painful too and I recall thinking what a time for this to happen to me!
I chewed two tablets which were not unpleasant having a nice peppermint taste and waited. After around ten minutes I did feel like burping and managed to do this discreetly whilst we were sat in the airport departure lounge. I felt some relief from the pain too which had became really painful prior to taking the tablets.
I continued to feel like I wanted to burp for quite some time and also visited the toilet twice. By the time we came to board the plane, the symptoms had not entirely gone, but I felt a lot more comfortable than I had earlier. During our flight I still experienced some niggling cramps for a couple of hours however, before my symptoms eased completely.
I have since experienced trapped wind whilst at home on another occasion and once again turned to Wind-Eze to help relieve the symptoms. Fortunately on this occasion my symptoms weren't as bad as before and after taking a couple of tablets, the pain and discomfort eased fairly quickly.
Therefore I have come to the conclusion that if you have mild to moderate symptoms, then Wind-Eze can give you the fast relief promised, but if you have a more severe bout then it may take longer, or the tablets may possibly only help to bring partial relief.
Having said this however, I do believe Wind-Eze tablets are a handy addition to have in your medicine cupboard and to carry around with you, as they do provide some relief, even if it isn't as fast as you would like on some occasions. Taking Wind-Eze is certainly better than suffering with the pain and discomfort, when trapped wind strikes.
I paid nearly £5 for a box of 30 tablets from a Boots Store at the airport and they currently retail at my Boots store in town for £4.69.
Having trapped wind is never great, it's uncomfortable, it hurts and it can be embarrassing. I don't suffer too often, but I seem to go through spells where I will get it then it recurs for a few weeks then stops again. This is embarrassing to admit to, but my main cause of trapped wind is if I ever wear my Spanx pants for a long period of time. When I come to remove them I have terrible pain with trapped wind and it makes me double over as I can feel it under my ribs. It can go on for a few hours and it's even hard to move around.
I discovered Windeze after reading about them online and to be honest I'd recommend them to anyone. They don't come cheap at £3.75 for the last box I bought, but there are 30 tablets in the box and I only need to take a couple before the relief is almost immediate.
They taste nice as they have a peppermint flavour to them and I am able to chew them, so they are great for anyone who has difficulty in swallowing whole tablets. They taste just like a peppermint sweet. The active ingredient is something called simeticone and this helps to get rid of wind that is trapped inside the gut.
I have no side effects from using these tablets and my husband has also used them from time to time. They are not suitable for children under the age of twelve years but they do really work wonders. You would think that they would take about as long to work as a pain relief tablet for a headache, but surprisingly, these take about ten minutes only before I start to feel relief.
They also help to reduce that bloated feeling if I have ever over-indulged - Christmas being a prime example. I can really recommend these tablets for anyone who suffers from sporadic bouts of trapped wind as they are really very effective.
Apparently my grandmother suffered terribly with wind and my own mother claims that I must have inherited this. I have suffered with trapped wind on occasion for years, mostly when I've had a big dinner and been sitting for a while after or when I haven't eaten for quite a while, either way, I seem more than anyone else in my family to suffer from trapped wind, pain that can seem to be behind my rib cage and have me doubled over as I try to move around to shift it. Sometimes a hot water bottle can help, however that isn't always successful and more importantly it isn't always practical, so for quite a while I have always had a pack of Bisodol in the cupboard to get rid of the trapped wind, however, when I recently ran out, I could not find it anywhere, and bought these Wind-eze instead, costing me around £3.50 for a box of 30 tablets.
The Wind-eze tablets are peppermint in flavour and are chewable which I like. I hate having to swallow anything with water. These tablets claim to offer 'fast relief from the pain and discomfort or bloating and trapped wind'. These tablets contain the active ingredient 'simeticone' which is a medicine designed to reduce trapped wind in the gut. One tablet is to be taken every three to four hours and after a meal or before bedtime. These tablets are not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
Since getting these tablets I have had to use them on a couple of occasions and I'm afraid I tended to take one as soon as I felt the wind building, rather than waiting until after my meal. I found these tablets fairly pleasant to chew and I liked the peppermint flavour. I was very impressed with just how quickly I started to feel relief on all of the occasions that I needed to take these. I could gradually feel the wind ease and the pain subside - there were some burps and some passing of wind but nothing to drastic or embarrassing and so the pain went and I back to feeling happy and comfortable again.
I now carry some of these tablets in my handbag in case I find myself in pain with trapped wind when out and about. I have been using Bisodol for quite a few years and they are definitely more chalky than these Wind eze tablets however I have found both to be effective and if anything, I think these Wind eze have the edge in getting rid of trapped wind quickly.
ALl in all, for anyone who suffers from trapped wind, these tablets are a must to help you get rid of the pain without too much embarrassment!
Guys,why poison your ladies, yeh I know its fun to pass wind and pull her head under the covers and believe me after all the nagging and needless shoe shopping she does deserve it but,you poison yourself too... like one of the seven dwarfs with learning disabilities it aint big and it aint clever... anyway when birds outside your window drop dead from the trees,flowers wilt and you reach 6.0 on your own richter scale you know that you must protect the environment... i have only taken two tablets so far and i feel absolutely no stomach cramping and hardly any gas... amazing if you considered the fact that i would continually fart no matter what i eat... I think I could have been a world champion at something.... damn you Wind-Eze for destroying my dreams.... thankyou Wind-eze for saving my dignity.... this product is absolutely amazing believe me.... andy
While trapped wind can often be amusing and indeed a talking point, it can also be a nusisance and a public liability. It can strike at the most inopportune moments, like in an exam, in a library or during a church sermon. There are several ways to get rid of the trapped wind of course, but often the natural ways can raise eyebrowes and make you unpopular, so we should be thankful that medcines like Wind-Eze exist. Nobody will admit to buying the tablets, but it happens to everyone at some point. Some call it indigestion or gas, whatever you name it, you want rid of it quickly, because storing tarpped air inside you is bad for the system.
These tablets are small chewy things that have a pleasant if not underwhelming taste. You need to chew one to two tablets in a four hour period to help dispel the trapped air. We have a pack at home and I have had to call upon them a few times when my stomach has gone bloated. Sometimes wheat and dairy sets me off, so they are ideal for food intolerances.
The tablets worked well for me, easing pain in the tummy and reducing some of that bloated feeling quickly and efficiently. It beats having to wait for hours for that bloated feeling to go down and they are very handy after a large meal just to settle the gases down. I believe a pack of these costs about three pounds and our pack has been on the go for a few months, you do not need them everyday, just on special occasions.
If I could alter anything about them, I would add better flavours to the range like banana or vanilla. The chewy gel tablets must be taken orally, do not be confused by the name and try inserting them anywhere else! Overall, they deliver fast effective relief and are easy on the taste buds and gentle on the tummy. Available from all leading chemists and supermarkets, they are also handy for holidays and long car journeys.
Occasionally I suffer from very painful trapped wind. Its hard to know how or why it occurs or I would try and take measures to prevent it. Usually I notice it when I change position and I get a shooting sharp pain in my lower stomach and into my groin. It varies in intensity but sometimes it is very difficult to move around with the pain, and I if you try to strain to try and pass the wind it becomes so much more painful. If it becomes very painful it is even difficult to pass water no matter how much you need to. Ive had to press my stomach to be able to urinate without as otherwise the pain was unbearable, thats only happened once thankfully. I do apologise if that was too much information.
It is difficult to know what to do to try and help it, I have tried a lot of things like peppermint tea, this is ok sometimes but better for helping with wind that is higher up the digestive system. Sometimes all you can do is wait and hope it disperses natually.
I remember one particularly bad time just before I discovered this product. I was in the restuarant of the supposedly best hotel in town having lunch and they took so long to bring it and when it did finally come it was so little food that I had really bad indigestion all day afterwards.
The thing was though this indigestion didnt go. Every subseqent meal I ate gave me more indigestion, and my stomach became bigger and bigger so much so that I couldnt sit down to eat as i couldnt bend forward. I would wake up the next day still with the indigestion of the day before. I was supposed to be going on holiday the next week and couldnt go like this!
Luckily I went to the chemist and got windeze. I really hadnt heard of it before but the pharmasist was very helpful and gave me the correct product. I had so much trapped wind that it took a couple of days and a whole packet of windeze to get rid of all the trapped wind. I felt that each tablet was making a significant different to how uncomfortable I was feeling and was reducing the pain and size of my stomach. I should point out that when taking these tablets I did not experience any increased flatulence. The wind disappeared somehow but honestly I dont know how it did! The important thing is that they worked.
Every capsule of windeze contains 125mg of simeticone, (other products may call it activated dimeticone, it is basically the same thing). Simeticone is an anti foaming agent, it makes all the small bubbles of trapped gas in the digestive system form into a larger bubble so it can be expelled.
The packet I have is white with "wind-eze" in red on the front, the back of the packet is blue with advice on how many to take and some warnings for who shouldnt use them, these are then expanded on in the enclosed leaflet.
In my packet there are 20 capsules, arranged into 2 blister packs of 10, the 10 are arranged in two patterns of 5 like how they look on a dice. The tablet is actually a oval shaped white gel capsule which looks like a tiny rugby ball. They are 1cm wide and therefore easy to swallow with water.
The doseage is 3-4 capsules a day after meals and before bedtime until the symptoms ease. As I said it took a couple of days for that large amount of trapped wind to go completely but more recently when I have felt that lower abdominal pain due to the wind I have taken a capsule straight away and have not needed another one.
On the leaflet it says that simeticone is safe to take when pregnant or breast feeding as it doesnt get absorbed into the bloodstream. Also it says not to exceed the dosage as the capsules contain glycerol which is harmful if you take too many.
Having had a look around the net it seems a pack of 20 will cost from 3-4 pounds. A small price to pay for a whole lot of relief.
Pregnancy can do many a strange thing to a woman what with all those changes going on in her body, hormones bouncing all over the place. One very unfortunate side effect can be trapped wind and bloating, unpleasant in itself but when you're feeling the strain of being pregnant and the discomfort of the wind it can all become a bit too much. An odd side effect of this my third pregnancy has been a rather strange reaction to eating bananas, usually one of my more regularly eaten fruits I found that even a single bite would leave me feeling like I was about to spontaneously combust, it was while I was visiting my mum one day and complaining about the bloating that she recommended Wind-eze and fortunately had a packet she could give me to ease my discomfort.
Wind-eze is designed specifically for the pain and discomfort of trapped wind, coming in boxes of 30 tablets and mildly peppermint flavoured. The tablets come in 3 sheets of 10 and are small white discs roughly 1cm across, I can see everyone panicking now about trying to swallow a 1cm tablet but there's no need to worry as Wind-eze tablets are designed to be chewed rather than swallowed whole. If suffering with trapped wind it is recommended you take 1 tablet up to 3-4 times daily, or as required, for the relief of your symptoms, generally after meals if that's when you're prone to trapped wind and bloating but can also be taken before bedtime if your sleep is disrupted by the problem. The tablets are suitable for pregnant women and those who are breast feeding, it is not suitable for those under 12 years of age and it is technically a medicine so it is always recommended that you read the ingredients to be sure there is nothing you may have an allergic reaction to, and as with all treatments if your symptoms persist then consult your doctor.
I was somewhat dubious when I first needed to resort to using the tablets, the idea of a tablet you have to chew isn't exactly appealing and I wasn't sure how the product would work, if at all. As I chewed through the tablet though I was pleasantly surprised, it had a mildly minty taste, nothing too strong like a polo mint but far more subtle, it was a little chalky in taste but fortunately not in texture and I found in no time I had finished the tablet. The tablet didn't take long to start to work and I could feel the bloating gradually lessen, I had expected to experience some kind of popping sensation from bubbles of trapped air or even to become burpy or flatulent as the gas dispersed but instead all I experienced was a gradual lessening of the trapped air, easing the discomfort until finally it had gone completely. One tablet has always been enough to ease a bout of bloating so it's reassuring to know that I don't need excessive amounts to treat the problem and of course I manage to keep an air of dignity and stay ladylike as there are no explosive bursts of wind to worry about. Occasionally the tablets have taken a little longer to kick in, in particularly severe bouts of trapped wind, so I don't feel confident that I could eat a bunch of bananas just yet, it's not that they don't work or take effect but they take longer to start working leaving me in discomfort longer than I'd like.
I can highly recommend these tablets especially in milder cases of trapped wind, of course down to the very nature of the product and it being a medicine different people will have different levels of success and different experiences, all I can say is that I'm happy using them, they're safe for pregnant women which is great as we're quite prone to bloating and at a cost of around £3.50 for 30 tablets they're very affordable.
For more on the active ingredient Simeticone go to - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simethicone
For more on Wind-eze and its ingredients go to- http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100004949.html
Express releif from trapped wind