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I like many people around the country love my food!! There's nothing better than a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. However as I get older (well it happens to us all) I find that after eating such a huge plateful of food I tend to suffer from digestive discomfort. As a result I occasionally need a little assistance in this department. The product I will now review is Wind Setlers an item which is a regular addition to my handbag. This product can be purchased at all good chemist shops and in large chain supermarkets. It costs around £1.69. Although as with most products the price changes from store to store so do shop around! The product itself comes in the form of a gel capsule which I have to say I prefer as once swallowed you don't end up with a 'yucky' chalky residue in your mouth. There are 24 capsules in the box which come in two foil packs of 12 capsules in each one. The capsules themselves are very small which makes swallowing them very easy. Each cap is bright green in colour. The active ingredients are Simeticone and sodium parachydroxybencoates. The medication itself is to be used for the symptomatic relief of flatulence, wind pains, bloating, swollen stomach and other symptoms associated with intestinal gas. I tend to take these tablets when the first signs of bloating and discomfort occur. The recommended dose is to take 1-2 tablets 3-4 times throughout the day. I find however that I don't normally need to take more than two capsules to ease my symptoms. There are no noted side effects from using this product. However be prepared for having some 'severe' windy moments throughout the day (if you get my drift). The trapped wind does after all have to go somewhere. Overall I would definitely recommend using this product as it really does keep trapped wind at bay. No chalky aftertaste and a tasteless capsule. Just be prepared for the windy episodes.
Here's a bit of an embarrassing one! About a year and a half ago, I suffered mercilessly with stomach pains. I had an intense bloated/pressure feeling just underneath my breastbone, and it was awful. It only ever occurred at night and it woke me up. I would be in so much pain that I didn't really know what to do with myself - I stretched out, I bent, I stretched, I bent...all of it hurt. I also tried massaging my stomach to encourage the pain to move...out. Unfortunately all of this was to no joy. I automatically assumed that I was suffering from wind, so I bought a packet of Wind Setlers at my earliest convenience, hoping very much that these would prevent this kind of sleepless night from occurring again. Wind Setlers are small, gel-filled pills that come in packets of eight or twenty-four. They look and feel a little like Cod Liver Oil tablets, except that instead of yellow they are a very bright green inside the gelatine casing. This style of capsule makes the medicine very easy to swallow on its own or just with a small glass of water. The active ingredient in Wind Setlers is 100mg of dimeticone which Boots.com tells me is a "gastric defoaming agent (it breaks down bubbles of gas) and this helps relieve the symptoms of flatulence, wind pains, bloating, a swollen stomach and other symptoms associated with intestinal gas." In my experience, Wind Setlers were very effective. I took two tablets twice - four hours apart, and by the end of the second course my symptoms were completely gone although the pain was much reduced quickly after taking the first set. By my judgement, I began to feel their effects after about twenty-five minutes. Admittedly, this is a long time while you're in pain! I have continued to use Wind Setlers occasionally as required since then, and I continue to be satisfied with their effects. They are now something that I keep always stocked up in our medicine cabinet and as I consider them to be relatively inexpensive. (£1/8 or £2.60/24) I am happy to rely on them for all of my family's trapped wind needs! They also seem to benefit from a long shelf-life (a packet of 24 bought in December 2009 is still in date!) which means they are fantastic value for money.
Trapped wind is not something that I suffer from a lot, thankfully, but when I have, on occasion suffered it has been rather painful. My husband is a little more susceptible to this condition than myself however, and insists that we have a packet of these wind setlers in the house for remedying the situation when it arises. WHAT ARE THEY Wind setlers are small gel capsules that provide fast, effective relief from the pain and discomfort of trapped wind. They contain activated dimeticone which is a gastric defoaming agent - it breaks down bubbles of gas. These tablets therefore help relieve the symptoms of flatulence, wind pains, swollen stomach and other symptoms associated with intestinal gas. Trapped wind can be caused by a variety of factors for example swallowing air when you eat or drink, the release of gas from undigested food in the gut or reactions between acid and alkali in the foods we eat. THE PRODUCT The capsules can be bought in packs of 8 tablets (priced at around £1.30) or 24 tablets (around £3.30). They come in a cardboard box with a picture of a torso on. Within the packet, the capsules are contained in foil backed plastic trays, so you have to 'pop' them out to remove. The trays each contain 8 tablets, so it follows that the above packs have one and three trays respectively. The capsules themselves are a bright green gel, with an almost plastic feel to them. They are very small tablets and therefore easy to swallow. They can be used to treat trapped wind, upset stomachs and constipation. Depending what you are taking them for (and your age), there are different dosage directions, which are available on the back of the packet. EFFECTIVENESS In our house, we have only used these tablets to treat trapped wind, so I cannot comment on their effectiveness for treating the other problems. Two tablets are usually required for this problem but one dose is usually sufficient. The capsules are really easy to swallow whole and I would say that they begin to have an effect on the problem within 30 minutes of taking them. The discomfort eases gradually and you can actually feel a little movement in your insides - although this doesn't lead to any problem with flatulence like you may expect! It reduces the pain gradually rather than providing instant relief, but in my experience, all pain is generally relieved within 1-2 hours of taking the tablets. OVERALL OPINION These capsules are really effective at relieving the pain caused by trapped wind. They are easy to take and act relatively quickly too - although they won't provide you with instant relief. I personally think that they are a little on the expensive side, but as it's a problem we only suffer with occasionally in our household, I don't mind paying this. If we used them more often, I would probably resent the cost a bit more. A good, effective remedy to have in the house 'just in case'.