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Indigestion

Indigestion is the name for symptoms like heartburn and bloating that can happen after eating.

Symptoms of indigestion include heartburn, bloating and feeling sick.

You can often ease indigestion by changing what you eat and drink. Medicines called antacids can also help. You can get these from a pharmacy.

Indigestion is usually caused by the acid in your stomach irritating the stomach lining or your throat.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of indigestion include heartburn, bloating and feeling sick.

How to tell if you have indigestion (dyspepsia)

You can have the following symptoms after eating or drinking:

Read more on the NHS website.

You can often ease indigestion by changing what you eat and drink. Medicines called antacids can also help. You can get these from a pharmacy.

Self-care

There's usually no need to see a GP about indigestion. There are some things you can do at home.


Do

  • cut down on tea, coffee, cola or alcohol
  • prop your head and shoulders up in bed – this can stop stomach acid coming up while you sleep
  • lose weight if you're overweight

Don't

  • eat 3 to 4 hours before going to bed
  • have rich, spicy or fatty foods
  • take ibuprofen or aspirin – this can make indigestion worse
  • smoke

Medical treatments

A pharmacist can recommend medicines that will ease the burning feeling or pain that can come with indigestion.

These medicines make your stomach less acidic. They're called antacids.

It's best to take the medicine after eating – they'll last up to 3 hours on a full stomach. They'll only last for 20 to 60 minutes on an empty stomach.

Read more on the NHS website.

Indigestion is usually caused by the acid in your stomach irritating the stomach lining or your throat.

Read more on the NHS website.