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WindSetlers: Relief of Pain, Discomfort and Bloating Caused by Trapped Wind

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 3 minutes read

WindSetlers are gel capsules used to relieve symptoms of trapped wind, such as pain, discomfort and bloating. Trapped wind occurs when tiny bubbles of gas get trapped in the stomach and lower intestine, and it is usually the result of there being too much gas in your digestive tract. There are many potential causes for having too much gas, including your diet. Foods such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, beans and potatoes can all cause excessive amounts of gas to build up. Medical conditions, such as lactose or fructose intolerance, Coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and certain medications like metformin used in diabetes and lactulose, an osmotic laxative, can also be responsible. Swallowing too much air is another potential cause of having too much gas. This can happen when you are stressed and when you chew gum, smoke, eat or drink too quickly or drink carbonated beverages.

WindSetlers are available over the counter, and they are suitable for adults and children. The active ingredient in the medication is simeticone (also known as activated dimeticone)

Doctor’s advice

How do WindSetlers work?

Simeticone is an antifoaming agent, which means it relieves trapped wind by merging the tiny bubbles of gas in your stomach and lower intestine, allowing them to form larger bubbles of gas that are easier to expel from your body naturally through the passing of wind. This helps relieve the pain, discomfort and bloating caused by trapped wind. Simeticone typically starts working within 30 minutes.

How do I take the medication?

Start by reading the product label or packaging for specific dosing information. You can take one or two capsules up to four times a day as required to relieve your symptoms. It is usually recommended to take the medication after meals and at bedtime. Do not chew or break the capsule. Swallow it whole.

Are there any side effects?

WindSetlers are generally well tolerated and are only linked with causing a few side effects, such as nausea and constipation.

Rarely people may have an allergic reaction to the ingredients in WindSetlers. This can be experienced as itchy skin, rash, facial swelling or difficulty breathing. If you experience this, stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention.

Should anyone avoid the medication?

Do not take WindSetlers if you have previously had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients.

It is best to speak with your doctor or midwife before taking any medications during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, WindSetlers are not expected to cause any problems in pregnancy or breastfeeding because the medication acts locally in your gastrointestinal system and is not absorbed into your bloodstream. For the same reason, WindSetlers are unlikely to interact with most medications. However, you should avoid taking WindSetlers alongside paraffin-based laxatives because this can impact its effectiveness. Simeticone may also bind to and interfere with the absorption of the thyroid medication levothyroxine. Therefore, you should take these medications at least four hours apart.

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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