I first discovered Iberogast when I was on a weekend city break in Barcelona. Although I was very careful eating out, I spent a lot of my time there feeling very sick and fairly bloated. At the time I was taking a prescribed antihistamine; cyclizine hydrochloride to help with the nausea (which did actually work brilliantly) however unfortunately I ran out whilst away.
I went to the pharmacy to ask if they had anything similar and the chemist was actually quite surprised that I had been given cyclizine hydrochloride and told me that although she has something similar, they are pretty strong drugs with not so nice side effects, so recommended that I try a herbal remedy instead…which is where Iberogast came in.
I’m not a massive fan of tablets and only ever take them if I really have to so a herbal solution was definitely appealing to me. Also the cyclizine did used to make me dizzy sometimes so I was always a little worried when I took themm. I was told to take 20 droplets either in water or placed under my tongue, up to three times a day. I wasn’t really expecting much but willing to try it if it meant no side effects and hopefully a more enjoyable holiday.
What’s in it?
How do you take it?
Iberogast is a browny/orangey liquid in which the label recommends 20 droplets for adults, to be taken up to three times a day. The box suggests putting the droplets into warm water but you can also use cold water or even juice if you prefer the taste. The pharmacist told me I could place the droplets under my tongue if I rather, which is what I tend to do.
Where can you find it?
As mentioned I initially bought this in Barcelona but when I got home I went to Boots to try and get more but apparently it wasn’t sold anywhere! Since then I have bought it online via Amazon and eBay – just please do research on the buyer to make sure it’s genuine, and ensure the safety cap is locked/unopened when you receive it. It’s about £8-10 for a bottle but lasts me a good few months.
It tastes pretty bloody disgusting!! The first time I tried them I added them to half a bottle of water and had to down it so quick to avoid gagging (seemed pretty ironic for an anti-sickness remedy). However, after the initial grossness wore off (washing it down with a gluten free McDonalds definitely helped) I did start to feel a little better. Next time I took it I tried putting it directly under my tongue, and although it still tasted gross I found it got it over and done with quicker. I’m now used to the taste and to be honest, it really isn’t that bad – just not pleasant so I was probably just being dramatic the first time.
I took it two-three times a day for the rest of the holiday and found that my bloating and pain was reduced and I wasn’t sick once! (Compare this to my holiday in Turkey a few month previous when I was sick at least once a day).
Does it work?
I wouldn’t say this is a miracle cure, but for me it definitely helps. I don’t take it every day but try and plan ahead and take on days when I’m eating away from home, but also reactively if my symptoms are bad. I find it helps me quite a lot with abdominal pains and nausea. Not 100% on the bloating as I usually take it alongside Buscopan if I’m bloated, so it’s difficult to tell which has helped, if any.
I would definitely recommend giving it a go! It’s not too pricey, and is all natural ingredients so really you have nothing to lose. Like I said – no miracle cure but it’s good enough that I keep one in my handbag and my desk drawer at all times.
I drink mine dissolved in peppermint tea – game changer!! I find the flavours compliment each other, putting iberogast in other teas like lemon, ginger etc doesn’t. Definitely not a miracle cure but it does calm my gut. Also I have one of your you’ve gut this tummy diaries and I love it ❤️
That’s a great idea! I haven’t managed to get any for a while as haven’t been away due to COVID but so glad it helps you. And thank you so much for your lovely comment on the diary, I’m so pleased you love it!! x