Our family has been using Gas-X for years. A friend suggested it to me after I had abdominal surgery, and we have been using it ever since. The active ingredient in Gas-X is simethicone, which is the ingredient used in those drops for colicky babies.
When my box of Gas-X ran out, I went to Walmart looking for more, but I came home with a box of Equate Extra Strength Gas Relief, and it works just as well as Gas-X, but it saved me a few dollars. The similarities between the two brands is astonishing.
Both the Equate and the Gas-X brands feature 125 mg. of simethicone. They are both available in a chewable tablet. They both call their flavor “Cherry Creme”. Both feature tablets that are about the same size and are pink in color. Both products work! However, the Equate saves me a fair amount of money.
Equate Gas Relief and Gas-X claim to relieve bloating, pressure, and the discomfort of gas symptoms. I have had some type of stomach flu over the past few days, with strong hunger style pains. Both of these anti-gas products really helped relieve my stomach pain, and since they are chewable they get into my system quickly and start working fast.
Taking a peek at both of these boxes, the difference that stands out the most are the inactive ingredients. Gas-X lists “calcium phosphate tribasic, colloidal silicon dioxide, D&C red 30 aluminum lake, dextrose, flavors, maltodextrin, propylene glycol, and soy protein isolate.
The inactive ingredients in Equate Extra Strength Gas Relief are “FD&C red aluminum lake, dextrose, flavor, magnesium stearate, maltodextrin, microcrystalline cellulose, sucralose, tribasic calcium phosphate”.
Based on those ingredients, the Gas-X sounds more appealing to me, but I find they work nearly identical on my gas pains. I’d also have to give the taste preference to the Gas-X brand, but again this is a negligible difference, and one I can live with when I take into the savings I get from buying the Equate brand sold at Walmart. Both of these products work, it is simply a matter of personal preference.