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Indigestion

Description

Indigestion is a pain or discomfort in the stomach usually associated with eating. There is often excess wind present. Indigestion is caused by excess stomach acid which irritates the stomach lining.

If your indigestion has lasted longer than two weeks or you have sudden stomach pains, ask our pharmacist for advice.

Our Advice
  • Avoid large meals: it is better to eat little and often.
  • Avoid lying down immediately after you have eaten.
  • Chew your food properly and do not rush your meal.
  • Avoid spicy and greasy foods as they can worsen indigestion.
  • Some indigestion remedies can stop other medicines from working. Ask in the pharmacy if your tablets are safe with an indigestion remedy.
  • Some tablets can cause indigestion e.g. aspirin and ibuprofen. This can be reduced by taking the tablets with or after food.
  • Anyone whose indigestion passes into their shoulder and down the arm should see their doctor as soon as possible.
  • Smoking and being overweight can worsen indigestion.