Indigestion

Most people will experience indigestion at some point in their lives. It is caused by acid breaking down the lining of the stomach wall, which leads to irritation.

Indigestion causes & symptoms

Indigestion, or dyspepsia (sometimes called functional dyspepsia) is a pain or uncomfortable feeling in the upper middle part of your abdomen. The exact cause of indigestion is not known, but it could develop in response to an infection, stress or changed function of the cells in your digestive system.

What Does Indigestion Feel Like?

Indigestion can feel like:

  • Feeling too full after eating or unable to finish a meal because you feel full
  • Pain or burning in the upper region of your stomach
  • Nausea or heartburn
  • Bloating
  • Burping

What Causes Indigestion?

Triggers for indigestion may differ from person to person and can include:

  • Eating big meals and overfilling your stomach
  • Pregnancy - hormonal changes and/or the pressure put on the stomach and
    digestive tract by a growing baby
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications
  • Stress

Foods That Can Trigger Indigestion

Possible triggers of indigestion include:

  • Eating fatty foods, spicy foods, chocolate, mint or tomato products
  • Drinking caffeinated drinks, alcohol, very hot drinks or citrus juices

The Way You Eat

Ways you can help relieve or prevent indigestion include making changes to the way you
eat, such as:

  • Avoiding or limiting food and drinks that can trigger symptoms
  • Eating smaller meals
  • Waiting 2 to 3 hours after eating or drinking before lying down

How Can I Help Relieve Indigestion At Home?

Aside from eating a healthy, balanced diet and minimising trigger foods as well as altering
how much and when you eat, there are also some over-the-counter products that may
help.

Medication like Gaviscon Dual Action contains both an antacid and alginate to help relieve
indigestion in two ways.

  • The antacid – the antacid in Gaviscon Dual Action neutralises excess
    stomach acid to relieve the pain and discomfort of indigestion.
  • The raft – the sodium alginate in Gaviscon Dual Action forms a thick layer
    (think of it like a ‘raft’) on top of your stomach contents. The ‘raft’ then acts as
    a physical barrier that helps keep your stomach contents where they belong–
    in your stomach – and not in your food pipe where they can cause discomfort
    and burning pain.

If your symptoms do not resolve or if your symptoms are troubling or concern you, speak to
your doctor.

This medicine may not be right for you. Read the label before purchase. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your healthcare professional.

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