Indigestion (dyspepsia) is a mild discomfort in the upper belly or abdomen,it occurs during or right after eating. It may feel like:
Indigestion is NOT the same as heartburn.
Most of the time indigestion is not a sign of a serious health problem unless it occurs with other symptoms. These may include bleeding, weight loss, or trouble swallowing.
Rarely, the discomfort of a heart attack is mistaken for indigestion.
Indigestion may be triggered by:
Other causes of indigestion are:
Changing the way you eat may help your symptoms. Steps you can take include:
Avoid aspirin and other NSAIDs. If you must take them, do so on a full stomach.
Antacids may relieve indigestion.
Medicines you can buy without a prescription, such as ranitidine (Zantac) and omeprazole (Prilosec OTC) can relieve symptoms. Your doctor may also prescribe these medicines in higher doses or for longer periods of time.
Call your health care provider if:
Your doctor will perform a physical exam on the stomach area and digestive tract. You will be asked questions about your symptoms.You may have some tests.
Dyspepsia; Uncomfortable fullness after meals
Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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