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Indigestion (cont.)

What home remedies help relieve and sooth indigestion?

Indigestion is a symptom of other conditions, so treatment usually depends upon the cause. When the cause is lifestyle-related, prevention is the best way to find relief of symptoms.

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

Other indigestion remedies to alleviate symptoms include:

  • Avoid laying down flat, as this may worsen symptoms
  • Drink milk or water to ease the acid in the stomach

What medications treat indigestion?

If indigestion is caused by excessive stomach acid, ulcers, GERD, esophagitis, or gastritis, a doctor may prescribe potent acid blockers such as:

Some of the above medications are available in over-the-counter (OTC) strengths.

A combination of antibiotics and acid blockers may be prescribed for up to several months if the underlying cause is related to Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori).

If the underlying cause is found to be gastroparesis, pro-motility drugs such as metoclopramide (Reglan) may be prescribed.

If the underlying cause of indigestion is found to be related to depression or anxiety, antidepressants may be prescribed.

If the underlying cause is found to be a medication you are currently taking, do not abruptly stop the medication. Work with your health-care professional to find alternatives that will not worsen your indigestion.

It the underlying cause is caused entirely or partially by lifestyle, medications listed above may help reduce symptoms, but changes in lifestyle (for example, less stress, and quitting smoking) will produce the best results (see prevention section below).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/13/2015

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