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Indigestion Quick Overview

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  • Indigestion is an uncomfortable feeling of fullness, pain, or burning in your upper abdomen.
  • Symptoms of indigestion include
  • Indigestion has many causes including medical conditions, medications, diet, and lifestyle.
  • Tests to diagnose indigestion include blood tests, abdominal ultrasound, endoscopy, colonoscopy, upper GI and small bowel X-ray series, CT scan or MRI of the abdomen, and a gastric emptying study.
  • The first line of treatment for many cases of indigestion is
    • lifestyle changes including eating slower, eating smaller amounts,
    • avoiding alcohol and caffeine,
    • quitting smoking,
    • avoiding trigger foods, and
    • losing weight.
  • Medications to treat indigestion include antacids and acid blockers.
  • Treatment of indigestion is centered on treating the underlying cause.
  • The prognosis for indigestion is generally good if indigestion is caused by lifestyle factors. The outlook for indigestion caused by a disease or medical condition varies depending on the resolution of that condition.

What is indigestion?

Indigestion is a term that describes a feeling of fullness or discomfort in the upper abdomen. Signs of indigestion may be vague but can also include belching, heartburn, bloating, and nausea. Also called dyspepsia (and non-acid dyspepsia), it is a common symptom caused by many conditions and is not a disease unto itself. Some investigators suggest heartburn and indigestion are closely related, others separate these two conditions.

What does indigestion feel like?

Indigestion is an uncomfortable feeling in your upper abdomen. It may feel like fullness, pain, or burning in that area. You may also feel bloated or nauseous.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/13/2015

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Indigestion Treatment

Indigestion Relief

When the cause of indigestion is lifestyle-related, prevention is the best way to find relief of symptoms.

Some over-the-counter medications may help relieve indigestion pain include:

  • antacids (Tums, Rolaids), and

  • acid blockers (ranitidine [Zantac], omeprazole [Prilosec OTC]).

Other indigestion remedies to alleviate symptoms include:

  • avoid laying down flat, as this may worsen symptoms, and

  • drink milk or water to ease the acid in the stomach.

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