Omeprazole

Pfizer

Omeprazole decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach and is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid.

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Indigestion explained

Indigestion and heartburn are common complaints that many people experience on a daily basis.  Indigestion (dyspepsia) is pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen or a burning pain behind the breastbone (heartburn).

Indigestion and heartburn may occur together or on their own and this is usually provoked by eating or drinking.

The symptoms include:

  • feeling full or bloated
  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • belching
  • bringing up fluid or food into the gullet or throat

 

How indigestion occurs

Indigestion is often caused by stomach acid coming into contact with the sensitive lining of the digestive system, commonly referred as the mucosa.  The acid breaks down the lining which leads to pain and inflammation.

For many people their indigestion is pain caused by increased sensitivity rather than inflammation of the digestive system.

The majority of indigestion is caused by eating, however it can be related by other factors such as stress, smoking, medication, drinking and even pregnancy.

Indigestion treatment

The majority of indigestion can be treated effectively at home with simple changes to diet, lifestyle and the use of medication.

Very rarely is a serious health condition the cause of indigestion.  However if this is suspected this should be addressed with your GP who may decide that further investigation is required.

When to talk about your indigestion with your doctor

The majority of people with indigestion do not need to worry, however if indigestion becomes a recurring problem or very severe if is important that you seek medical advice from your GP.

If any of the following applies to you please contact your GP

  • you are 55 years or older
  • you have lost a lot of weight whilst not intending to
  • you have difficulty swallowing
  • you have persistent vomiting
  • you have an iron deficiency known as anaemia
  • you have a lump in your stomach
  • you have blood in your stools or vomit

These symptoms are the warning signs of an underlying health problem such as a stomach ulcer or stomach cancer.

Severe indigestion can cause long term damage to your digestive tract if left untreated.