In my early 20''s I was suffering with really bad stomach pains and an upset stomach. It took 2 trips to the doctors to be diagnosed with IBS. The doctor prescribed me with peppermint tablets. At first I was dubious with a doctor prescribing herbal medication but it really did work! To save going to and from the doctors I just buy the peppermint tablets from boots as they are exactly the same as what the doctor prescribed. I take a tablet 3 times a day just before meals and my IBS is generally great while taking these ? I just get the odd flair up now and then but nothing in comparison to what it was. I am so glad that my doctor prescribed these tablets as I feel better knowing that it is a herbal tablet as I have been taking them for 6 years now. I do find that I burp a lot more than I ever used to but this really is the only side effect so it is completely liveable.
I have suffered with IBS since my teens but rather than dealing with it I have just changed my diet to help with the symptoms, pasta, fruit and vegetables are not good for my stomach. A few months ago I started looking at eating more healthily and decided to try the Slimming World diet however this meant lots of the foods that cause me problems so when I was talking to a friend about it she suggested I try out peppermint oil and told me apparently it is one of the best things for IBS.
I bought these ones from Boots and as these ones are Boots own this is the only place you can buy them, there are similar products on sale elsewhere and a lot of IBS relief tablets are actually mainly peppermint. The tablets cost about £5.50 for a tub which contains 60 capsules, they are 200mg in strength.
The tablets come in a small white plastic tub and the detailing on the tub is in blue, the tub is very simple and tells you things such as the dosage, the ingredients and Boots contact details.
The capsules can be taken by adults and children over 12, you are instructed to take 1 capsule per day. The capsules look like the shape of a rugby ball so you would think that they would be easy to swallow however I actually find they feel like they stick on my throat but I follow the tablet with a glass of water anyway so this gets rid of that feeling.
When you take these they help you burp quite a bit and this brings back a lovely taste of peppermint which is quite nice however I sometimes feel like I am about to get heartburn when I burp but it passes really quickly. The tablets work really well and my stomach felt better within the first day of using the product.
I have since been to the doctor who has prescribed me some peppermint oil tablets, these are a bit of a pain in that I have to take them 3 times per day but this keeps the level constant and helps me feel fine all day whereas the Boots ones being once a day meant I felt worse later in the day.
If you have any digestive problems or feel heavy, bloated and cramping then I would suggest giving these a try, they are easy to use, a decent price when you think they last 2 months and they work brilliantly, they lose a star from me due to the fact of the effects not lasting long enough.