You've been popping cherry-flavored OTC meds like they're candy.
You may already be aware of sugar-free gum's double whammy: When you chew, you swallow nitrogen-filled air as well as sorbitol, an artificial sweetener that defies the intestines' attempts to break it down, resulting in gale-force gastrointestinal winds. However, you may not be aware that sorbitol is also an ingredient in sweetened medications like cough syrups and liquid antacids. A little bit of this sugar alcohol goes a long way, says Cynthia M. Yoshida, MD, gastroenterologist and author of No More Digestive Problems
. Check the "inactive ingredients" on the label to see if your medication has unintended side effects.