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Blatant Product Endorsement: Phazyme

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I have been meaning to write a review of this wonderful product for a long time now. Most of you have probably never heard of the medicine Phazyme. If you need this product, you will be sooo glad you are hearing about this now.


You are probably saying: Gas, EW! TMI, stranger.

But we all overshare on our blogs, and sometimes it happens to be health-related. But how are we ever going to learn from each other if we never share?

While I was in college, I got diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

What is IBS?


Is it a frowny face on your intestines? Not really. For me, it usually felt like my digestive system was trying to revolt and leave my body. It is a more sophisticated name than “chunky soup stomach,” which is what I had been calling it up until then (boiling, churning chunks in your stomach that have a gravy consistency).

FYI—I love Campbell’s Chunky soup. And consuming Chunky soup doesn’t give me chunky soup stomach.

IBS is the medical term for “eat shit [-ty food] & die.” Once I stopped eating my mom’s fried dinners every night, I began to recover a bit of “regularity” and start leading a semi-normal life again. (Regularity makes me think of Jamie Lee Curtis. I got to hear her sing the Activitia in person. Here is a picture of me with her. I bet SHE doesn’t need Phazyme.)

Jamie Lee Curtis and me

Jamie Lee Curtis and me


But the official definition of IBS? You have tummy troubles that we cannot find an explanation for.

This leads me to gas and Phazyme. IBS gives me gas. And on many occasions, it is the kind that does not leave the body. It just stays inside and is so painful all I can do is roll around on the bed in agony. I wish that I could thrust a knife into my gut and release all the pressure, like a big balloon. (I have always wondered which is worse, gas pain that painful or labor pains. As I never had a single contraction while I was pregnant for my son, I guess I will never know.)

So, I tried Gas-X. Not much relief. I used to get some relief from Riopan, but it is no longer made. Tums/Rolaids give no relief.

I don’t even remember how I heard about Phazyme. I think someone must have recommended it to me. Maybe the doctor (although I hate to give doctors credit for anything). The first pharmacy I asked at had it, but only in infant drops. Then I did find it and…


Phazyme packaging

Phazyme packaging


It helped! I buy the maximum strength 250mg simethicone dosage, so I can only take two pills a day. Usually I take one and wait several hours. If the pain is really bad and persistent, I will take a second one. It seems to both eliminate lot of the gas/pressure, and also shows it how to exit your body, rather than hang around—sort of like the Mucinex commercials do for mucous.

And that allows me to pretend to lead a normal life. Many days Phazyme allowed me to go to work and appear normal, easing the pain and pressure enough that I could walk upright and not scream out in pain. It also allowed me to get my pants zipped up at my desk. I am sure all my former coworkers were unknowingly thankful for that.

To sum up: Got gas, get Phazyme. I like to buy the blister packs, then I can always have one with me and not worry about the fast-working softgels getting crushed. Never leave home without it. And ibuprofen. That is some good shit too.

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Blatant Product Endorsement: RINCINOL

Now, most everyone is probably unfamiliar with this product.

But if you get canker sores inside your mouth, then you NEED TO BE FAMILIAR WITH RINCINOL!!! (The company also recommends it for pain from irritation from braces.)

Rincinol, packaging and product

Rincinol, packaging and product

It is a wonder product!

It turns a week of pain, causing difficulty eating and talking, into three days of mild discomfort.

My canker sores are usually triggered by anxiety, stomach upset, and/or biting the inside of my cheek.

When I first got canker sores, I would put some kind of ointment (It may have been Colgate Orabase) on them. It was meant to numb the area. And it worked. But once the numbness wore off, it just felt like the sore hurt 100 times worse.

So, then I used nothing at all. Which, was painful.

Then I discovered Rincinol! I think I may have gotten a sample from my dentist.

Rincinol is great!

It is a mouthwash that you slosh in your mouth for a minute. Then spit, do not rinse. Do not eat or drink for an hour. My commute to work used to be an hour, so this wasn’t a problem. And I would use it before bed. And sometimes an hour in the middle of the day as well.

It can be used as often as you like!

Safe for children!

It tastes slightly sweet, sort of like licorice. I don’t like licorice, but I don’t find offense to it. It lightly coats everything inside of your mouth (including your mouth boo-boo) and makes it all feel like Heaven. It doesn’t numb the sore, it just coats it so that saliva and whatever else is in your mouth doesn’t irritate it for the next hour or two.

When it wears off, it will feel slightly better than before. You won’t have a sudden throbbing pain return like I had experienced with the other product.

Don’t believe my rave reviews? Check out the 4 1/2 star rating out of a possible 5 starts at

This leads me to the two negatives with this product:

1. It can be a little pricey.
But if you are in mouth pain, you will probably be prepared to pay whatever it takes to make the pain go away. A 4.0 oz bottle usually lasts me through about 3 canker sores.

2. It is hard to find.
I could only ever find it at my local Walgreens. Last time, they did not have any, so I ordered 3 bottles off (Why 3? Because the third bottle got me into free shipping.) Now I need a new supply, and as I look today, I see that is out of stock on this wonderful product:( They claim my local Walgreens will have it in stock. I will definitely be paying a visit there tomorrow to find out.

I wrote this post to pass along info about this great product. BUT ALSO because I am afraid that the company will quit making it (it has gone through several owners/manufacturers in the time I have known about it).

Try this product. If you love it, let the company know!

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