Most people have indigestion at some point. Usually, it's not a sign of anything more serious and you can treat it yourself.
You can have the following symptoms after eating or drinking:
Stomach ache or back pain are usually not symptoms of indigestion. If you have those you might be constipated.
Heartburn and acid reflux are the same thing – when acid from your stomach comes up your throat. You'll have a burning feeling when this happens. This can be a symptom of indigestion.
There's usually no need to see a GP about indigestion. There are some things you can do at home.
A pharmacist can recommend medicines that will ease the burning feeling or pain that can come with indigestion.
These medicines make your stomach less acidic. They're called antacids.
It's best to take the medicine after eating – they'll last up to 3 hours on a full stomach. They'll only last for 20 to 60 minutes on an empty stomach.
Pregnant women often get indigestion. It's very common from 27 weeks onwards.
It can be caused by hormonal changes and the growing baby pressing against the stomach.
A pharmacist can help with uncomfortable feelings or pain. They can recommend the best medicines to use when you're pregnant.
These symptoms can be a sign of something more serious.
The acid in your stomach can irritate the stomach lining or your throat. This causes indigestion and gives you a burning feeling and pain.
Other things that can cause indigestion include:
Stress can make indigestion worse.
Page last reviewed: Tue May 2020 Next review due: Tue May 2020