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Gas (flatus) is made in the stomach and intestines as your body breaks down food into energy. All people pass gas, some people more than others. It is normal to pass gas from 6 to 20 times per day.
Common causes of gas include:
You may be able to prevent gas by changing your eating and drinking habits. Occasionally gas is a symptom of a medical condition that requires treatment.
Examples of gas-producing foods are:
Dietary supplements such as Beano may help to prevent gas.
Some people get relief from gas from products containing simethicone, a medicine that dissolves gas bubbles. Nonprescription medicines with simethicone include Gas-X and Mylicon.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine|
|Last Revised||July 12, 2011|
Last Revised: July 12, 2011
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