Digestive health

What are the triggers for indigestion & heartburn & how do we treat them?

Digestive health

Heartburn and indigestion are typically used interchangeably, but they’re two different conditions with similar, often overlapping symptoms.

Indigestion covers a range of digestive issues but is often a term used in place of Dyspepsia which is pain or discomfort in the abdominal area. Keep in mind that it’s also possible to experience both indigestion and heartburn at the same time.

What is heartburn & indigestion?


A burning sensation in the chest behind the breastbone.


Pain or discomfort felt in the lower chest or upper abdomen.

Heartburn and indigestion are completely normal and most people will certainly experience in some form throughout their lives.

Heartburn is when the valve at the stomach entrance opens too often, causing stomach acid to reflux into the food pipe, which causes discomfort and burning sensation.

Indigestion is often caused by excess acid coming into contact with the sensitive lining of the stomach or oesophagus – causing soreness and swelling. This can produce an uncomfortable pain that may feel like a burning sensation in your stomach – especially if your digestive lining is sensitive.

If medicines don’t help or your symptoms are severe, please seek advice from a doctor.

What causes heartburn & indigestion?

Heartburn and indigestion can be worsened by some factors, the following food, drink or medication may trigger episodes:

How can Gaviscon help me?

If you suffer from heartburn & indigestion
Gaviscon Double Action forms a barrier to help soothe burning sensations and neutralises stomach acid to relieve discomfort

Combining antacids and alginates to treat your indigestion symptoms, Gaviscon Double Action is available in tablets and liquid forms to suit all your needs.

Gaviscon Double Action is fast-acting, and it lasts up to four hours.


If you suffer from indigestion
Gaviscon Original forms a barrier to help soothe burning sensations

Gaviscon Original aniseed relief brings fast, soothing and long-lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion.

Gaviscon gets to work instantly, and it lasts up to four hours.


Gaviscon Advance forms an extra strength barrier

Gaviscon Advance forms an extra strength barrier on top of your stomach to prevent stomach acid going up the food pipe, and it neutralises excess acid in the stomach.

Gaviscon Advance provides fast-acting relief and gets to work within seconds, lasting up to four hours.


If you suffer from heartburn frequently
Guardium reduces stomach acid at the source to provide relief all day and night

Guardium works by reducing stomach acid production at the source – less acidic stomach will reduce heartburn symptoms.

One tablet provides up to 24 hours of unbeatable heartburn protection for frequent heartburn sufferers.


How does Gaviscon differ from other products?


How it works: Gaviscon forms a reflux-suppressing raft that floats on top of the stomach and starts to work in
three minutes.


How they work: Antacids get to work quickly by counteracting or neutralising any excess stomach acid, but they will not work over a long period.

PPIs (proton pump inhibitors)

How they work: PPIs work by lowering stomach acid levels. Whilst they can protect for long periods, they will take longer to start relieving pain from indigestion.

How Guardium compares


Gaviscon Original Relief, Gaviscon Double Action tablets/liquid/liquid sachets & Gaviscon Advance tablets/liquids for heartburn and indigestion.

Medicines can affect the unborn baby. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine during pregnancy.

Guardium Acid Reflux Control Tablets for heartburn and acid reflux. Contains Esomeprazole. Do not use for more than 14 days.

Always read the label.

If symptoms are severe or prolonged you should consult a doctor or pharmacist.


Article adapted from: https://www.gaviscon.co.uk/health-blog/heartburn-indigestion/indigestion-triggers-symptoms-and-treatments/

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