Heartburn? Gas? Nausea? No thanks. Below are various categories of stomach and GI products. Click on a product category link to see which products pharmacists recommend most often. Learn more about our Top Recommended Health Products.
Heartburn is the result of stomach acid splashing back into the esophagus, which creates a burning feeling. Many of the products below help to reduce the production of stomach acid. Also check out antacids, which neutralize stomach acid.
Does that spicy burrito you just ate make it feel like your chest is on fire? Certain foods, including chocolate and coffee, as well as alcohol and cigarettes can trigger heartburn—the painful feeling that occurs when acidic stomach juices wash back into the esophagus. The products below may help to neutralize that acid. Also see acid reducers and upset stomach remedies.
You're at a lunch meeting or on a date, and suddenly—you've really, really got to go. Diarrhea can be caused by a number of triggers, from spoiled food to certain medications. Luckily, relief may only be a pharmacy trip away. Antidiarrheals may reduce the number of watery bowel movements you experience, and clear liquid beverages will help replace the fluids you've lost. Also see upset stomach remedies.
The average person passes gas 13 to 21 times per day, according to the National Institutes of Health. While passing gas is normal, it's sometimes embarrassing and often uncomfortable as it can cause stomach bloating and pain. Antiflatulence products help reduce gas build-up and its associated discomfort. Sometimes, too much gas is the start of something more, so check out antidiarrheals.
Constipated? The products below work in the intestines by absorbing more water to help create bigger stools that your body gets the urge to move. Drinking plenty of water and eating fiber-rich foods may also help prevent and treat constipation. Also see stimulant laxatives and stool softeners.
Does heartburn keep you up at night? There are several over-the-counter treatment options to explore. H2 receptor antagonists help to reduce the production of stomach acid and are intended to relieve and prevent heartburn. Antacids, on the other hand, neutralize stomach acid after it's splashed into the esophagus. Also see acid reducers and proton pump inhibitors.
Dairy foods like milk and cheese are packed with calcium, nutrients, and vitamins, but for people with lactose intolerance, dairy can be a source of gas, bloating, and diarrhea. (See antidiarrheals and antiflatulence products.) The products below may help people who can't digest lactose still enjoy dairy products. Also see calcium supplements and multivitamins.
Whether due to insufficient fiber, stress, eating disorders, or other reasons, constipation is something nearly everyone experiences at some point. The non-fiber products below may provide some relief. For the opposite problem, see antidiarrheals.
Proton pump inhibitors may help treat a number of acid-related stomach ailments. An enzyme in the stomach wall produces the acid that sometimes causes heartburn discomfort, and the products below work to block that enzyme to reduce acid. Also see upset stomach remedies, H2 receptor antagonists, and antacids, which neutralize heartburn-causing stomach acid.
Constipation: Nearly everyone faces it at some point. The inability to pass a bowel movement can be frustrating and painful, but drinking plenty of water and eating fiber-rich foods may bring relief. If that doesn't work, stimulant laxatives irritate the intestinal lining, helping to induce bowel movements. Make sure to read labels carefully and follow the appropriate dosage. Also see bulk/fiber laxatives and stool softeners.
Constipation is no fun for anyone. But for those with heart conditions, hemorrhoids, and other ailments, straining to pass a bowel movement is not only painful, but can even be dangerous. The products below may help to soften stools, making them easier to pass. Also see bulk/fiber laxatives and stimulant laxatives.
An upset stomach has plagued us all at some point, and will likely do so again. We just have to watch what we eat, wash our hands to prevent infections, and hope that stomach ache doesn't happen at an inconvenient time. The products below cover a broad range of tummy troubles and may help ease your symptoms. Also see antidiarrheals.