Can you take gas pills with diverticulitis? 

What is meant by the term diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis refers to the inflammation of the diverticulum in the walls of the intestinal tract, which exists in the colon (1).

What is Gas-X?

Gas-X is an over-the-counter (OTC) drug that contains simethicone and is in tablet form  (2,3).

Does Gas-X treat Diverticulitis?

You can take Gas-X tablets for managing diverticulitis since they may help in breaking up the gas bubbles (2). However, they may not help your symptoms effectively. 

Your gas could be triggered by an episode of diverticulitis itself, and taking gas -X may release that trapped gas and provide symptomatic relief for a while, but it is not a promising treatment (4). 

Diverticulitis should be properly treated and managed before it gets worse. Make sure you talk to your healthcare provider if you frequently feel gassy or experience pain and tenderness in your stomach. 

What other medications are important for the management and treatment of Diverticulitis?

Although you can take gas-X for diverticulitis, they may not be enough. The treatment of Diverticulitis comprises a number of medications and supplements for maximum symptomatic relief. The commonly used medications include (5):

  • Antibiotics: antibiotics are essential for the proper management of diverticulitis to eradicate the growth of infection-causing bacteria. Antibiotics such as  Ampicillin, Ciprofloxacin, Amoxicillin, Metronidazole, piperacillin, and tazobactam, may be used, sometimes these antibiotics are combined to receive a significant effect (1). If these medications don’t work, antibiotics like Doxycycline or its derivatives such as doxycycline hyclate can also be used (6).
  • Painkillers: Over-the-counter painkillers like Paracetamol and IBuprofen can be used. However, Paracetamol is considered a safer option, since it doesn’t increase the risk of GI bleeding as NSAIDs do. 
  • Anti-spasmodics: Anti-spasmodic medications such as Dicyclomine may be prescribed to help relieve abdominal cramps and spasms.
  • Fibre supplements: Fiber supplements such as bran and ispaghula may be recommended to help soften stool and reduce constipation, which can help reduce pressure on the colon (7).
  • Probiotics: Probiotics such as oral polybacterial lysate suspension may be recommended to help restore the balance of bacteria in the gut and reduce inflammation (8).
  • Balanced diet: it is crucial to understand the importance of the right kind of diet when suffering from diverticulitis. If you don’t stay away from the trigger foods, you will not get better despite taking all the medications in the world.
  • Lifestyle: It is recommended that patients with diverticulitis should continue with physical exercises, avoid smoking, eat little red meat, and avoid excessive alcohol consumption (8).
  • Others include surgery: e.g. colonoscopy.


It is best to reach out to your healthcare provider if you are struggling with gas or bloating associated with diverticulitis. If left untreated, diverticulitis can cause significant long-term GI complications. This is why your condition should be properly diagnosed.

The treatment duration may vary, as some people respond earlier to medication compared to others. Just make sure you take your antibiotics properly. As far as taking gas -X is concerned, you can take them for temporary symptomatic relief.


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