Heartburn / Acid Reflux

Heartburn

Heartburn is also known as indigestion. It describes the pain and other symptoms experienced in the stomach and oesophagus. There is no serious cause related to indigestion and heartburn, but you need medical attention if you suffer from these.


  • Burning feeling which rises from abdomen towards the neck
  • Medication available to treat heartburn

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Lansoprazole Capsule
£25.00

  • Prevents heartburn and ulcer
  • Reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach
  • Take the dose 30 minutes before meal (When your stomach is empty)


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Lansoprazole Orodispersible
£30.00

  • Prevents heartburn and ulcer
  • Reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach
  • Take the dose 30 minutes before meal (When your stomach is empty)


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Omeprazole Tablets
£26.00

  • Prevents heartburn and ulcer
  • Reduces the amount of acid produced in the stomach
  • Take the dose 30 minutes before meal (When your stomach is empty)


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Description

Heartburn is commonly referred to as indigestion or even an upset stomach. It is a general term describing the unpleasantness that can be experienced in the upper abdomen. It is not a disease, but rather certain symptoms grouped together. It is a very common condition. The symptoms that are experienced typically vary from person to person. It is not unusual for someone to feel the symptoms of indigestion as frequently as daily. Although they can vary, the symptoms that one would expect to face if they suffer from dyspepsia would be:


  • Nausea sometimes followed by vomiting
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Acidic taste that remains in the mouth
  • Bloated feeling in upper abdomen with a feeling of tightness
  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Excessive amount of gas (burping, flatulence, etc.)


In the majority of cases, indigestion can have a direct connection with eating and drinking. It can also sometimes point to a more serious underlying digestive disease. If this does not happen to be the case, then treating dyspepsia should be relatively straightforward, consisting of lifestyle changes and possibly medication.


To learn more about heartburn, see the comprehensive patient information leaflet



Causes

There are many potential causes of indigestion, the main possible causes generally being related to a person’s lifestyle choices such as eating fatty, greasy, or spicy foods. The initial cause of indigestion is typically linked back to functional problems within the gastrointestinal tract which is responsible for processing food and stomach acids. Problems with the functionality of the gastrointestinal tracts are generally caused by disease, medications, and lifestyle choices.


Common causes of indigestion can include:


  • Anxiety
  • Smoking
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Overeating or consuming food too quickly
  • Eating too much fatty, greasy or spicy foods
  • Side effects of medicines (such as antibiotics, pain relievers, supplements, etc.)


Your eating habits and lifestyle choices, in general, are not the only factors which can cause indigestion. It is known that sometimes this condition can be triggered by other digestive conditions which can disrupt the natural functionality of the upper digestive tract. Such conditions can include:


  • Peptic ulcers
  • Celiac disease
  • Acid reflux disease
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Gastritis or gastric cancer
  • Pancreatitis or abnormalities in the bile duct


In some cases, there is no discernible cause for indigestion. This is referred to as functional dyspepsia. It can only be guessed as to what causes this specific type of indigestion to occur, but some professionals believe may be due to abnormal muscle motility within the area of the stomach where food is digested by the stomach muscles and moved into the small intestine.

Types Of Treatment

Depending on the severity of your condition, symptoms, and other factors your GP will suggest you the treatment.


Lifestyle Changes

When indigestion occurs, it is usually a symptom of another condition which you are currently experiencing. Because of this, the root of treatment you take will be based entirely on the cause of your indigestion. If lifestyle-related choices are causing this, preventing certain things will typically be the best way to reduce the symptoms. Your doctor or GP may recommend you to take some of following tips:


  • Control anxiety or stress outbursts
  • Make sure you eat regular meals
  • Lose weight if you are obese
  • Avoid all foods that are known to prompt indigestion
  • Significantly reduce or totally eliminate the consumption of alcohol or caffeine
  • Avoid using certain antibiotics, painkillers, or even supplements (for iron deficiencies, etc.)


If indigestion is caused due to acid reflux and heartburn is the major symptom:


  • Try not to eat or drink at least 3 hours before bedtime
  • Raise the head of your bed
  • Take care of your posture


Antacids

Antacids can help neutralize the stomach acid which causes indigestion and heartburn. They are in the form of alkali liquids or tablets. Antacids are very effective for mild indigestions.


Medicines

There are two types of medicines which help reduce stomach acid: proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and H2-receptor antagonists. Both prevent the stomach lining from producing acid. PPI medicines include omeprazole, pantoprazole, lansoprazole, esomeprazole, and rabeprazole. Whereas, H2-receptor antagonists include famotidine, cimetidine, ranitidine, and nizatidine.


If indigestion is caused by issues such as acid reflux, stomach acid ulcers, and gastritis then it would generally be advised that you take an effective acid blocker medication. Of these, we stock the following:


  • Omeprazole
  • Rabeprazole
  • Ranitidine (in capsule or soluble form)
  • Lansoprazole (in capsule or orodispersible form)


The medications listed above are generally prescribed when treating indigestion. Examples of other forms of medication you can take would be antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication, which could help ease discomfort significantly by reducing pain. However, you should consult with your GP or doctor to receive a proper diagnosis and then obtain medication accordingly.



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Questions & Answers

How long does indigestion last?

The symptoms which come with indigestion will typically last around 3-4 days but sometimes up to a couple days longer. They can range anywhere from mild to severe and have the potential to seriously disrupt everyday routines.


What foods typically cause indigestion?

How you eat and the foods that you eat can play a significant role in causing indigestion. Certain foods which will trigger indigestion will vary from person to person; the most common types would be acidic, fatty, greasy, or spicy foods.

What methods can I take from home to prevent indigestion from recurring?

You should first determine what foods are causing a negative reaction with you and completely avoid them. If you are a smoker or a drinker, you should try and cut back on your habit as much as possible. Try seeking help on these matters and this could, in turn, benefit your indigestion related troubles. You could also try eating 5-6 small meals a day instead of 3 large meals.


I suffer from heartburn every night; should I continue taking medication or visit a doctor?

Occasional heartburn is very common and typically not serious. However, if you suffer from heartburn near enough every night or quite frequently, it could be a sign of a more serious underlying problem, such as esophagitis. If you are finding yourself taking more than twice-weekly OTC drugs for heartburn, you should definitely consult your doctor immediately.



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