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Indigestion

Symptoms of indigestion include heartburn, bloating and feeling sick.

You can often ease indigestion by changing what you eat and drink. Indigestion medicines 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. Indigestion medicines 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 to ease the burning feeling or pain that can come with indigestion.

Medicines that help reduce acid in your stomach include:

  • antacids
  • proton pump inhibitors

Some indigestion medicines are best to take after eating as their effects last longer. Check the information leaflet that comes with the medicines for more information.

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.