Peppermint oil pills not for me

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jt80
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   Posted 8/26/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone just wanted to come through and share an experience I finally took a peppermint oil pill after awhile not taking one being afraid that it would not agree with me and I was right.I took it with a meal after awhile was burping minty tasting burbs and a little heart burn and very upset stomach.I can count those out for good in no way did they help they were even the special coated ones so that they would not cause heart burn but they did.AAAAHHHH!!!!! I need to find something that will help with gas for me it's really starting to bother me feeling uncomfortable about it.Well I hope to have better news about my digestive health I'm going to see a new nutritionist tomorrow morning and going to find out for real if I have Candida by taking the lab test for it if I can wish me luck hope you all are well take care. :-)

pb4
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   Posted 8/26/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
They don't help me either, I tried peppermint tea and had about the same reaction as you...and I've never been prone to heartburn, only when I drank peppermint tea.

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 8/26/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
That is really unusual to cause stomach upset. I take them when I have terrible indigestion but mine is combined with fennel and ginger and probably from the same place you got yours. I question how that doesn't disolve in the stomach as mine says that also. Everything has a peppermint taste but they do help with my digestion of difficult things. I will say they really help get the burps going full blast which is what I need. I don't understand if I have such a floppy LES valve that allows for all this heartburn why it isn't floppy when I want to burp but burping is really hard for me to do which causes all the pressure. Hope you have some luck with the nutritionist.

eihcet
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   Posted 8/27/2008 3:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't tried the pills but the candies gave me heartburn as well. I was then afraid to try the pills. I've stopped taking all pills for a while, I think they sit in my stomach and the coating (or maybe one of the other fillers) irritates me, so, there may be some that are OK but in general not so good for me. Then again, I do have a motility issue and not as sure about GERD/IBS.

If you are looking for other things to try, I once used Mastic Gum pills, they made me burp a lot, not sure if they did anything else but it did relieve some discomfort. Supposedly they help heal stomach and maybe have an affect on h.pylori but not proven in any in vivo studies that I've read.

So, I said I don't take pills but I do use DGL Licorice, eat 1 or 2 of the discs 20mins before a meal. They mix with the saliva to work better and no coating on them to irritate me. Works for me, ymmv.

Marsky
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   Posted 8/27/2008 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone just tried hot weak black or orange pekoe tea? When I am not feeling well, I swear by sipping hot, weak tea. Even though some say the caffeine isn't good and will induce bm's or colon contractions, I feel better when I want to hurry along the bm's. Because I am home. I only do this when home, I should add. There's just something very soothing about this hot weak tea for my gut.

I have wondered if this peppermint tea would be as soothing. But now I am reluctant to try it, after reading this topic. If I ever try it I will make sure I have no where to go if it doesn't agree with me.

I've drank black or orange pekoe tea for decades. Another reason my gut likes it is perhaps it's just so used to it?

pb4
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   Posted 8/27/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I only drink chamomile, every single day first thing when I wake up...it has natural anti-inflammatories so it helps with my crohn's...chamomile is known to have soothing properties and because of this is a benefit to menstral cramps (sure helps mine), and if drank before bed, it's known to aid with sleep issues.

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 8/27/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
It all gets down to the fact that anyone that has an acid problem should avoid all mint. That is one of the 3 things you are told to avoid by every Doctor, that and chocolate and alcohol as they all work to relax the LES valve which allows the HCL back into the esophagous. If you normally don't have an acid problem it probably won't hurt you and peppermint tea can be soothing for the stomach for some people. I try to find breath mints that are not mints per se and can't find anything like that but I know they bother me.

tobybennett
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   Posted 2/16/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
anyone found peppermint pills that do work properly and don't give you acid reflux and heartburn? Please let me know the brand.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/16/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
If it is peppermint it will cause reflux and heartburn. Apparantly the original posted used the ones that I use that are coated and they bothered her. I use them for a different problem though I do have bad reflux. I use them for the very reason you are not supposed to. The make the LES valve floppy and that is why they cause acid reflux, however, I have the added problem of severe stomach gas and cannot burp so I take the coated Peppermint, ginger, fennel pills to get rid of the gas and to increase the burping because it is very painful for me not to burp. Because these relax the valve the burps come up fast and furious. I have to get rid of the gas because it causes breathing problems for me and coughing problems. I also take sometimes before a restaurant meal that I know will be more than I usually eat.

Yuli1072
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   Posted 12/27/2010 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Mint oil pills are to be taken one hour before meals with cold water only!!! If you take them with food the food in your stomach will delay the pill's active ingredients to get to your intestines and thats why you got the heartburn

shawn12
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   Posted 12/27/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
A person should be careful with peppermint if they have dyspepsia or heartburn or gerd, because it can make those symptoms worse.
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