Q When should I take indigestion medication?
A Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a term that describes a feeling of fullness or discomfort after a meal. It is sometimes accompanied by a burning or pain in the upper stomach (heartburn). Most healthy adults experience mild indigestion from time to time – perhaps after eating a large or spicy meal or drinking too much alcohol or caffeine. In most cases, it soon goes away. However, ongoing indigestion can be a sign that you have gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). GORD is one of the main causes of heartburn, which is a feeling of burning or pain due to stomach acid rising up from your chest to your neck. If you experience heartburn on a regular basis, you can ease symptoms with an antacid (which neutralizes stomach acid) or an alginate raft (which forms a physical barrier over the stomach contents to keep them from rising into the oesophagus). Some products, like Gaviscon Dual Action, contain both an antacid and an alginate raft.
It is important to note that there can be various other medical causes for heartburn and indigestion, including stomach ulcers, gall bladder disease, hernia, and some medications, so if you experience the above symptoms regularly, see your GP for a diagnosis.
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Gaviscon Dual Action
GavisconDual Action brings fast, soothing and long lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn (gastric reflux) and indigestion. It works by reducing excess stomach acid to relieve discomfort, and by forming a protective layer over the stomach contents to soothe the burning pain in your chest. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional.