Indigestion & Heartburn

Indigestion is usually felt as pain, burning or discomfort in the upper abdomen. Some people develop heartburn (burning in the upper abdomen or chest). Some people feel sick or may feel like belching up wind.
  • Effective Treatment For Indigestion & Heartburn

    Indigestion is usually felt as pain, burning or discomfort in the upper abdomen, including a feeling of fullness and bloating. You may also feel sick or feel like belching up wind. Occasionally, heartburn can be a symptom of Indigestion, its a burning pain that usually starts in the chest, behind the breastbone It is quite common for people to have Indigestion and can be caused by several things including:

    1. Eating particular foods or eating too much high-fibre foods

    2. Drinking too much caffeineindigestion

    3. Eating too fast or too much

    4. Eating fatty or spicy foods

    5. Consuming a lot of alcohol

    6. Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder)

    7. Chronic or acute gastritis (inflammation of the stomach)

    8. Duodenal ulcer/Gastric ulcer

    9. Antibiotics, Aspirins or Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)


    It may be helpful to avoid spicy or acidic food. It is best not to miss meals , reducing caffeine intake (caffeine is found in tea, coffee, chocolate, cola drinks- it is better to have decaffeinated drinks). If possible it is best to refrain from the things listed above.  As mentioned medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, glucosamine, devils claw or related medications may cause indigestion. Smoking cigarettes can make indigestion worse.



    Antacids for Indigestion

    Antacids help by neutralising stomach acid. Antacids are best taken on as "as required" basis dose and usually give quick relief in mild indigestion. There are many brands which you can buy. You can also get some on prescription. If you have mild or infrequent bouts or dyspepsia you may find that antacids used "as required" are all that you need.


    gaviscon                                      pepto bismo                                        gaviscon cool liquid


    Gaviscon Advance Liquid 300ml         Pepto Bismol Liquid 480ml          Gaviscon Cool Liquid 300ml

    £7.00                                                          £7.66                                                   £6.47


    rennie                gaviscon tabs             settlers

    Rennie Deflatine 18 Tablets           Gaviscon Peppermint 16 Tablets             Setlers Antacid 36 Tablets

    £3.26                                                    £3.27                                                                 £1.99


    H2 Antagonists for Indigestion

    These medications are helpful for persistent symptoms. They reduce the amount of acid production and help reduce indigestion.


    ranitidine tabs           zantac 75          gavilast

    Vantage Ranitidine 6 Tablets
              Zantac Relief 6 Tablets                    Gavilast 12 Tablets

    £2.85                                                        £2.30                                                 £4.32


    Proton Pump Inhibitors for Indigestion

    These medications reduce or completely block acid production and help reduce indigestion. A four week course should stop indigestion and then they can be taken on an "as required" basis or stepping down to antacids is another option. You are bale to purchase these using our Doctor Consultation Service, simply click on the product you require below:

    lansoprazole 15mg   lansoprazole 30mg   Omeprazole 10mg   Omeprazole 20mg


    Lansoprazole 15mg         Lansoprazole 30mg             Omeprazole 10mg           Omeprazole 20mg

    £18.99                                  £19.59                                      18.95                                    18.95

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    If Proton Pump Inhibitors have been tried for 4 weeks with no relief or or if symptoms persist then further tests may be required. Testing for Helicobacter Pylori (a bacterium which caused indigestion) or a Gastroscopy (involving use of a flexible camera to look inside your stomach) may be required. If symptoms persist you should seek advice from your General Practitioner.

    You are able to use a test kit for the diagnosis of Helicobacter Pylori called Diabact UBT 50mg, visit your local pharmacy for further advice.



    Some types of indigestion can be more serious. If you have dyspepsia and you have any of the symptoms including, black bowel motions, food gets stuck when swallowing, brown coffee ground type vomiting or black bowel motions you should urgently seek a consultation with your General Practitioner.


    It is best to read the medication pack leaflet carefully before you use any medication. If you have any side effects or if symptoms persist, you should discuss this with your usual medical practitioner.

     The above information is only to help you select the product you may require and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions.   Although care has been taken in providing this information, gives no guarantee or assurance for the accuracy of the information and you should consult a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional.



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