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Indigestion

Key points

  • Indigestion causes pain or discomfort in your upper abdomen (tummy) or chest, usually after you eat a meal.
  • Nearly everyone will get indigestion at some point in their life.
  • You can usually manage the symptoms of indigestion at home.
  • Medicines called antacids can relieve symptoms of indigestion by neutralising acid in your stomach.

Further information

Sources

  • Dyspepsia – unidentified cause. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries. cks.nice.org.uk, published November 2012
  • Indigestion. British Society of Gastroenterology. www.bsg.org.uk, accessed 1 May 2014
  • Map of Medicine. Dyspepsia. International View. London: Map of Medicine; 2013 (Issue 4)
  • Dyspepsia. PatientPlus. www.patient.co.uk/patientplus, published 14 December 2011
  • Dyspepsia: management of dyspepsia in adults in primary care. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), 1 August 2004. www.nice.org.uk
  • Indigestion. Core. www.corecharity.org.uk, published 2 July 2013
  • Chest pain of recent onset: assessment and diagnosis of recent onset chest pain or discomfort of suspected cardiac origin. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), March 2010. www.nice.org.uk
  • Dyspepsia – proven non-ulcer. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries. cks.nice.org.uk, published December 2012
  • Dyspepsia. The Merck Manuals. www.merckmanuals.com, published November 2013
  • Peptic ulcer disease. Medscape. www.emedicine.medscape.com, published 7 June 2012
  • Dyspepsia – proven GORD. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries. cks.nice.org.uk, published November 2012
  • Gastric cancer. Medscape. www.emedicine.medscape.com, published 28 April 2014
  • Dyspepsia – pregnancy-associated. NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries. cks.nice.org.uk, published December 2012
  • Joint Formulary Committee. British National Formulary (online) London: BMJ Group and Pharmaceutical Press. www.medicinescomplete.com, accessed 2 May 2014
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease. Medscape. www.emedicine.medscape.com, published 16 April 2014
  • Gas-related complaints. The Merck Manuals. www.merckmanuals.com, published November 2013
  • Lactose intolerance. PatientPlus. www.patient.co.uk/patientplus, published 10 December 2013

 

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