Most people have indigestion at some point. Usually, it’s not a sign of anything serious. The pain can strike out of the blue, but usually occurs a short time after eating.

Causes & Symptoms

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

Of course, some cases can be more severe than others and it’s possible to have several cases a year - or even several cases a day.

Indigestion during pregnancy is also very common: the body’s physical changes affect hormone production. Read more about this occurrence on our pregnancy page.

Symptoms of Indigestion

The following are signs of indigestion:

  • A dull ache behind the ribs
  • A rumbling or gurgling stomach
  • Knots in your stomach or cramps
  • An uncomfortable feeling after eating
  • A burning feeling in your belly

So what causes indigestion?

Indigestion - also called dyspepsia or upset stomach - 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.

Indigestion is triggered by different things - and not everyone is the same.

Some common causes of indigestion are:

  • Eating heavy meals
  • Eating too quickly
  • Fatty or spicy foods
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Drinking alcohol

The good news is that Gaviscon is here to help.


Indigestion can strike at any time and can be caused by a change in diet, excessive stress or other triggers. Don’t worry though - indigestion is nothing to be unduly concerned about; but if the discomfort from indigestion persists for extended periods of time, please consult a doctor.

The feeling of indigestion can range from discomfort and abdominal pain to constipation and diarrhoea. Other symptoms include acid reflux, bloating, excessive gas, nausea or constipation.

Several factors are in play, such as overeating, or eating too quickly. Fatty, greasy or spicy foods can be culprits; caffeine, alcohol, chocolate or carbonated beverages are also known triggers.


Gaviscon Double Action provides relief from indigestion and helps you take your life off pause.10-20ml (two to four 5ml spoonfuls) after meals and at bedtime, up to four times a day.

Pregnant? Look no further than Gaviscon Advance for help.

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

All information presented is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. If symptoms are severe or prolonged you should consult a doctor or pharmacist.


Frequent Sufferers

Repeatedly suffering from indigestion? Don’t suffer in silence.


Indigestion can range from a burning pain behind the breastbone to discomfort in your upper abdomen. You might feel bloated or excessively full or sick for short periods of time. It is very rare that indigestion is indicative of a more serious illness. However, if your indigestion bothers you regularly -- and intensifies -- book an appointment with your doctor.