This article talks about giving pax drugs...is that even healthy?
The most common anti-flatulence drug is simethicone, marketed in the USA as "GAS-X" and "MYLICON."
*80% of bowel gas in a typical adult is swallowed air.
*In the bowel, gas usually exists as a series of small bubbles (a foam...but don't think too much about it because you'll get images in your head for which I cannot be responsible).
*Simethicone is a surfactant. It makes these smaller bubbles coalesce together into a few large bubbles that are easier for the gut to manage and expel, reducing bloating and discomfort. It also allows the gas to be expelled in a few instances of flatus, rather than a single large one.
*A typical adult, even a "gassy" one will only emit about 250mL of flatus per day.
*Simethicone is very safe, is not absorbed into the body, and generally doesn't have any detectable side-effects.