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Treatment

You may reduce flatulence by trying:

  • Preventive steps

  • Nonprescription antigas medications containing simethicone (Mylanta II, Maalox II, Di-Gel) or bismuth (Pepto-Bismol, Bismatrol)

  • For lactose intolerance:

    • Take over-the-counter tablets or liquids containing the enzyme lactase before you eat or drink products containing milk.

    • Lactose-reduced dairy products are available in grocery stores.

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