Typical indigestion is due to one or all of the following; excess
acid in the stomach, too much food, alcohol or the use of certain
drugs. Indigestion produces pain, which is not easy to locate
precisely, but is generally located between the navel and the
breast-bone. It is rare in children, who will probably have an
infection of some sort if they complain of indigestion.
You should give the healthcare advisor or pharmacist details of
the pain to help you decide whether it is safe to treat, i.e.
* Where is the pain and what is its nature?
* Is it associated with food? If so which foods?
* Is it constant or colicky cramps?
* What makes it better or worse?
* Does the pain ever move?
You should consider whether you have made any recent change in
diet, alcohol consumption or smoking habit, as this may be the
cause of your indigestion.
Can you say when you first noticed indigestion trouble?
Have you tried any indigestion remedies already?
If so, tell your local pharmacist and ask for advice on a more
If you suffer from heart disease you may be on a low-sodium diet
and so certain antacids may not be suitable as they contain sodium.
Ask to speak to the pharmacist if you are taking any other medication.
There are many preparations available for the treatment of indigestion.
These preparations contain different types of active ingredient
and the healthcare advisor or pharmacist will be able to advise
you on the most suitable treatment for your particular case, you
are best advised to seek their attention. If indigestion is due
to a hangover, a herbal remedy called MELISSA COMP
from WELEDA is excellent in easing the symptoms
of nausea and stomach upset which will accompany the indigestion.
10-20 drops are taken with a little water every hour as required
up to 8 times a day. If the patient is very upset, two homeopathic
remedies will help even more - NUX VOMICA 6 and
BELLADONNA 6 (2 tablets of each 2 hourly up to 6
dosed, then every 8 hours from then on) in relieving the gut symptoms
of a hangover.
COLPERMIN, or peppermint oil, can be very helpful
in aiding the digestion of food so reducing the occurrence of
indigestion. It is dosed three times daily but should never be
taken at the same time of day as the indigestion remedy.
If an antacid does not work effectively, you should return to
the pharmacy and see the pharmacist.
- Fatty foods and alcohol cause indigestion and so should be reduced
in the diet. Eat small meals regularly, do not eat spicy or fatty
foods late at night and wear properly fitting clothes.
- Smoking may cause indigestion and definitely increases the chance
of an ulcer developing. We recommend the use of NICORETTE
gum, patches or inhalator if you have already attempted quitting