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Heartburn is the main symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD, or GERD in North America), a condition commonly referred to as acid reflux where stomach acid leaks out of the stomach and into the oesophagus (gullet).

Possible risk factors known to increase likelihood of developing acid reflux include obesity, smoking, consumption of fatty food, alcohol, coffee or chocolate, pregnancy, having a hiatus hernia and stress.

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen often accompanied by other symptoms such as feeling bloated, heartburn, nausea and belching.

Indigestion is caused by stomach acid coming into contact with the digestive system's sensitive lining. In most cases, like heartburn, indigestion is related to eating, although it can be caused by other factors, such as an infection or taking certain medications.

Most people experience symptoms of heartburn and indigestion at some point in their lives. Symptoms can last for up to three hours and can be quite painful. Fortunately there are many products available to reduce the painful symptoms of acid reflux common with heartburn and indigestion.

Popular Heartburn and Indigestion Brands

Bisodol
Bisodol
Gaviscon
Gaviscon
Pepto-Bismol
Pepto-Bismol
Rennie
Rennie
Zantac
Zantac

Heartburn and Indigestion Tablets

Alu-cap Capsules 120
Alu-cap Capsules 120: Alu-cap can be used for phosphate binding and as an antacid.   More >>>
Price: £18.69 (incl VAT)
 
Bisodol Extra Strong Mint 30
Bisodol Extra Strong Mint 30: Bisodol Extra Strong Mint 30 provides relief from indigestion, dyspepsia, heartburn, acidity and flatulence.   More >>>
Price: £1.99 (incl VAT)
 
Bisodol Indigestion Relief Tablets 100
Bisodol Indigestion Relief Tablets 100: Bisodol Indigestion Relief Tablets 100 have a unique triple active formula containing three powerful antacids which quickly and effectively neutralise excess acid in the stomach to provide effective, rapid relief from acid indigestion, heartburn and trapped wind.   More >>>
Price: £3.59 (incl VAT)
 
Bragg's Medicinal Charcoal Tablets 100
Bragg's Medicinal Charcoal Tablets 100: Bragg's Medicinal Charcoal Tablets 100 are a natural way to adsorb gases in the digestive system, thus releving the discomfort caused by indigestion, wind and heartburn.   More >>>
Price: £3.10 (incl VAT)
 
Gaviscon Tablets 16
Gaviscon Tablets 16: Gaviscon Tablets 16 are peppermint flavoured tablets that provide fast, soothing relief from indigestion and heartburn.   More >>>
Price: £2.49 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Tablets Strawberry 16
Gaviscon Tablets Strawberry 16: Gaviscon Tablets Strawberry 16 provide relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion which can occur after meals or during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £2.59 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Double Action Tablets 16
Gaviscon Double Action Tablets 16: Gaviscon Double Action Tablets 16 bring long lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £2.99 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Handy Pack Strawberry Tablets 16
Gaviscon Handy Pack Strawberry Tablets 16: Gaviscon Handy Pack Strawberry Tablets 16 offer relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £2.99 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Tablets 32
Gaviscon Tablets 32: Gaviscon Tablets 32 are peppermint-flavoured tablets that provide fast, soothing relief from indigestion and heartburn.   More >>>
Price: £3.89 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Tablets Strawberry 32
Gaviscon Tablets Strawberry 32: Gaviscon Tablets Strawberry 32 provide relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion which for example, can occur after meals or during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £4.49 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Advance Mint chewable Tablets 24
Gaviscon Advance Mint chewable Tablets 24: Gaviscon advance mint chewable tablets for soothing relief from heartburn, indigestion and reflux acid.   More >>>
Price: £6.29 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Double Action Tablets Mint 32
Gaviscon Double Action Tablets Mint 32: Gaviscon Double Action Tablets Mint 32 work in two ways to fight back excess acid and protect from further acid reflux.   More >>>
Price: £4.99 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Maalox Plus Tablets 30
Maalox Plus Tablets 30: Fast working Maalox plus tablets offer lasting relief from heartburn (acid indigestion).   More >>>
Price: £3.79 (incl VAT)
 
Nexium Control 7's
Nexium Control 7's:   More >>>
Price: £5.80 (incl VAT)
 
Nexium Control 14's
Nexium Control 14's:   More >>>
Price: £11.99 (incl VAT)
 
Numark Ranitidine 75mg Film Coated Tablets 12
Numark Ranitidine 75mg Film Coated Tablets 12: Numark Ranitidine 75mg Film Coated Tablets 12 help by relieving heart burn, indigestion and excess acid   More >>>
Price: £1.00 (incl VAT)
 
Pantoloc Control Tablets 7
Pantoloc Control Tablets 7: Pantoloc Control Tablets 7 are gastro-resistant tablets that contain pantoprazole 20mg.   More >>>
Price: £5.71 (incl VAT)
 
Pantoloc Control Tablets 14
Pantoloc Control Tablets 14: Pantoloc Control Tablets 14 are gastro-resistant tablets that contain pantoprazole 20mg to treat heartburn and acid reflux.   More >>>
Price: £9.38 (incl VAT)
 
Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets 12
Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets 12: Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets 12 give fast relief from heartburn, indigestion, nausea and upset stomach.   More >>>
Price: £2.70 (incl VAT) (Buy any 2 or more Pepto-Bismol products and save 3%)
 
Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets 24
Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets 24: Pepto-Bismol Chewable Tablets 24 provide fast relief to symptoms of heartburn, indigestion, nausea and upset stomach.   More >>>
Price: £5.80 (incl VAT) (Buy any 2 or more Pepto-Bismol products and save 3%)
 
Rennie Peppermint Tablets 12
Rennie Peppermint Tablets 12: Rennie Peppermint Tablets 12 tablets contain calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate for fast effective relief from symptoms cause by indigestion and heartburn, indigestion during pregnancy, over indulgence, flatulence and upset stomach.   More >>>
Price: £1.65 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Spearmint Tablets 12
Rennie Spearmint Tablets 12: Rennie Spearmint Tablets 12 tablets are spearmint-flavoured, chewable tablets that provide fast effective relief from heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, upset stomach and indigestion during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £1.65 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Peppermint Tablets 24
Rennie Peppermint Tablets 24: Rennie Peppermint Tablets 24 tablets provide relief from indigestion, heartburn, nervous indigestion, flatulence, over-indulgence in food and drink and indigestion during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £1.85 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Spearmint Tablets 24
Rennie Spearmint Tablets 24: Rennie Spearmint Tablets 24 tablets contain calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate for fast relief from symptoms such caused by heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, upset stomach and indigestion during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £1.89 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Peppermint Tablets 48
Rennie Peppermint Tablets 48: Rennie Peppermint Tablets 48 tablets contain calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate for fast effective relief from symptoms caused by indigestion, heartburn, flatulence, upset stomach and indigestion during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £2.99 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Spearmint Tablets 48
Rennie Spearmint Tablets 48: Rennie Spearmint Tablets 48 tablets are spearmint-flavoured tablets that provide fast effective relief from symptoms caused by flatulence, upset stomach, indigestion, heartburn and indigestion during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £2.99 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Peppermint Tablets 72
Rennie Peppermint Tablets 72: Rennie Peppermint Tablets 72 is a peppermint flavoured antacid tablet which quickly relieves indigestion, heartburn, upset stomach and biliousness.   More >>>
Price: £4.49 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Spearmint Tablets 72
Rennie Spearmint Tablets 72: Rennie Spearmint Tablets 72 is an antacid tablet which quickly relieves heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, flatulence, acid indigestion, biliousness, hyper-acidity, dyspepsia, indigestion during pregnancy and nervous indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £4.49 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie ICE Tablets 24
Rennie ICE Tablets 24: Rennie ICE Tablets 24 tablets contain cooling agents for fast cooling relief from indigestion, acid indigestion, heartburn, nervous indigestion, dyspepsia, flatulence, upset stomach and indigestion during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £2.49 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie ICE Tablets 48
Rennie ICE Tablets 48: Rennie ICE Tablets 48 tablets offer quick cooling relief from indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, nervous indigestion, flatulance, upset stomach, pregnancy indigestion and biliousness.   More >>>
Price: £3.99 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
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Rennie Sugar Free Tablets 24
Rennie Sugar Free Tablets 24: Rennie Sugar Free Tablets 24 tablets work fast to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion, whilst giving the choice to relieve symptoms in a sugar-free way. Being sugar-free enables people who need to monitor their sugar intake to confidently treat their heartburn and indigestion symptoms.   More >>>
Price: £1.99 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Sugar Free Tablets 48
Rennie Sugar Free Tablets 48: Rennie Sugar Free Tablets 48 tablets work fast to relieve the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion, whilst giving the choice to relieve symptoms in a sugar-free way. Being sugar-free enables people who need to monitor their sugar intake to confidently treat their heartburn and indigestion symptoms.   More >>>
Price: £3.29 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Deflatine 18
Rennie Deflatine 18: Rennie Deflatine 18 tablets provide effective relief of acid indigestion, nervous indigestion, heartburn, upset stomach, uncomfortable bloating, biliousness, flatulence, painful trapped wind, and indigestion and heartburn during pregnancy. These tablets give people the choice to relieve symptoms in a sugar-free way.   More >>>
Price: £3.49 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Deflatine 36
Rennie Deflatine 36: Rennie Deflatine 36 tablets give people the choice to relieve symptoms in a sugar-free way. These tablets provide effective relief of nervous indigestion, acid indigestion, heartburn, uncomfortable bloating, upset stomach, painful trapped wind, biliousness, flatulence and indigestion and heartburn during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £5.49 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Orange Tablets 24
Rennie Orange Tablets 24: Rennie Orange Tablets 24 is an antacid tablet made with active ingredient calcium carbonate which neutralises heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, flatulence, acid indigestion, biliousness, hyper-acidity, dyspepsia, indigestion during pregnancy and nervous indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £1.99 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Rennie Orange Tablets 48
Rennie Orange Tablets 48: Rennie Orange Tablets 48 can quickly relieve acid indigestion, nervous indigestion, dyspepsia, hyper-acidity, flatulence and indigestion, even during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £3.49 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Rennie products and save 5%)
 
Setlers Antacid Tablets 36
Setlers Antacid Tablets 36: Setlers Antacid Tablets 36 offer symptomatic relief of acid indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia and nervous indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £1.99 (incl VAT)
 
Setlers Antacid Tablets 96
Setlers Antacid Tablets 96: Setlers Antacid Tablets 96 provides symptomatic relief of acid indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia and nervous indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £3.59 (incl VAT)
 
Tums Fruit Antacid Tablets 36
Tums Fruit Antacid Tablets 36: Tums Fruit Antacid Tablets 36 provide effective relief from indigestion, heartburn, trapped wind and neutralise excess stomach acid.   More >>>
Price: £2.09 (incl VAT)
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Tums Fruit Antacid Tablets 75
Tums Fruit Antacid Tablets 75: Tums Fruit Antacid Tablets 75 neutralise excess stomach acid and give fast, effective relief from indigestion, heartburn and trapped wind.   More >>>
Price: £2.99 (incl VAT)
 
Wind-Eze Gel Caps 20
Wind-Eze Gel Caps 20: Wind-Eze Gel Caps 20 give symptomatic relief of flatulence, wind pains, bloating, abdominal distension and other symptoms associated with gastrointestinal gas.   More >>>
Price: £3.85 (incl VAT)
 
Wind-Eze Tablets 30
Wind-Eze Tablets 30: Wind-Eze Tablets 30 offer symptomatic relief of flatulence, wind pains, bloating, abdominal distension and other symptoms associated with gastrointestinal gas.   More >>>
Price: £3.85 (incl VAT)
 
Zanprol 14
Zanprol 14: Zanprol 14 offer advanced treatment for the relief of heartburn and acid reflux.   More >>>
Price: £8.49 (incl VAT)
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Zantac 75 Relief Tablets 6
Zantac 75 Relief Tablets 6: Zantac 75 Relief Tablets 6 give fast and effective relief from heartburn, acid indigestion, hyperacidity and indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £1.99 (incl VAT)
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Zantac 75 Relief Tablets 12
Zantac 75 Relief Tablets 12: Zantac 75 Relief Tablets 12 give all day or all night relief from the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £3.67 (incl VAT)
 
Zantac 75 Tablets 24
Zantac 75 Tablets 24: Zantac 75 Tablets 24 are designed to help prevent and treat heartburn and indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £6.95 (incl VAT)
 
Zantac 75 Tablets 48
Zantac 75 Tablets 48: Zantac 75 Tablets 48 can help to prevent and relieve the symptoms associated with heartburn and indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £10.50 (incl VAT)
 
Rapidol Express Peppermint Chewable Tablets 10
Rapidol Express Peppermint Chewable Tablets 10:   More >>>
Price: £2.29 (incl VAT)
 
Rapidol Express Peppermint Chewable Tablets 20
Rapidol Express Peppermint Chewable Tablets 20: Rapidol to treat indigestion and heartburn.   More >>>
Price: £4.19 (incl VAT)
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Heartburn and Indigestion Liquids

A. Vogel Centaurium 50ml
A. Vogel Centaurium 50ml: A. Vogel Centaurium 50ml is ideal for treating indigestion, acid reflux and symptoms of hiatus hernia.   More >>>
Price: £7.49 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more A. Vogel products and save 5%)
 
Gaviscon Liquid Sachets 12
Gaviscon Liquid Sachets 12: Gaviscon Liquid Sachets 12 are mint-flavoured liquid sachets that offer quick relief from acid indigestion and heartburn.   More >>>
Price: £4.29 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Liquid 150ml
Gaviscon Liquid 150ml: Gaviscon Liquid 150ml for fast, soothing, liquid relief from indigestion and heartburn.   More >>>
Price: £3.55 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Advance Liquid Aniseed 150ml
Gaviscon Advance Liquid Aniseed 150ml: Gaviscon Advance Liquid Aniseed 150ml provides fast, soothing and long lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £4.49 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Double Action Liquid Mint 150ml
Gaviscon Double Action Liquid Mint 150ml: Gaviscon Double Action Liquid Mint 150ml is used for the treatment of symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux such as acid regurgitation, heartburn and indigestion which may occur, for example following meals or during pregnancy, and symptoms of excess stomach acid.   More >>>
Price: £4.55 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Liquid Peppermint 300ml
Gaviscon Liquid Peppermint 300ml: Gaviscon Liquid Peppermint 300ml quickly relieves indigestion, excess acid and heartburn.   More >>>
Price: £5.95 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Advance Liquid Aniseed 300ml
Gaviscon Advance Liquid Aniseed 300ml: Gaviscon Advance Aniseed Flavoured Liquid (300ml) contains sodium alginate and potassium hydrogen carbonate which form a protective layer on top of the stomach contents to prevent acid escaping from the stomach where it works into the food pipes causing discomfort.   More >>>
Price: £7.95 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Advance Liquid Peppermint 300ml
Gaviscon Advance Liquid Peppermint 300ml: Gaviscon Advance Liquid Peppermint 300ml provides fast, soothing and long lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion, which for example, can occur after meals or during pregnancy.   More >>>
Price: £7.95 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Gaviscon Double Action Liquid Mint 300ml
Gaviscon Double Action Liquid Mint 300ml: Gaviscon Double Action Liquid Mint 300ml brings long lasting relief from the pain and discomfort of heartburn and acid indigestion. A double action formula that neutralises excess acids and forms a protective barrier over the stomach.   More >>>
Price: £7.50 (incl VAT) (Buy any 3 or more Gaviscon products and save 3%)
 
Maalox Antacid Suspension Mint 500ml
Maalox Antacid Suspension Mint 500ml:   More >>>
Price: £4.60 (incl VAT)
 
Maalox Plus Antacid Suspension 500ml
Maalox Plus Antacid Suspension 500ml:   More >>>
Price: £5.30 (incl VAT)
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Magnesium Trisilicate Mixture 200ml
Magnesium Trisilicate Mixture 200ml: Magnesium Trisilicate Mixture 200ml relieves indigestion and heartburn.   More >>>
Price: £2.35 (incl VAT)
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Numark Sodium Bicarbonate BP 200g
Numark Sodium Bicarbonate BP 200g: Numark Sodium Bicarbonate is an antacid used for the relief of indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £1.40 (incl VAT)
 
Pepto-Bismol 120ml
Pepto-Bismol 120ml: Pepto-Bismol 120ml is a liquid suspension that relieves upset stomach, indigestion and nausea.   More >>>
Price: £2.59 (incl VAT) (Buy any 2 or more Pepto-Bismol products and save 3%)
 
Pepto-Bismol 240ml
Pepto-Bismol 240ml: Pepto-Bismol 240ml is a liquid suspension that relieves upset stomach, indigestion and nausea.   More >>>
Price: £3.65 (incl VAT) (Buy any 2 or more Pepto-Bismol products and save 3%)
 
Pinewood Acidex Peppermint Sugar Free 500ml
Pinewood Acidex Peppermint Sugar Free 500ml:   More >>>
Price: £3.49 (incl VAT)
 
Peptac Peppermint Liquid 500ml
Peptac Peppermint Liquid 500ml: Peptac Liquid Liquid 500ml with Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Alginate Peptac Peppermint liquid provides relief from heartburn with acid indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £3.05 (incl VAT)
 
Peptac Liquid Aniseed Flavour 500ml
Peptac Liquid Aniseed Flavour 500ml: Peptac Liquid Aniseed Flavour 500ml provides relief from heartburn with acid indigestion.   More >>>
Price: £2.85 (incl VAT)
 

Heartburn and Indigestion Salts

Eno Salts 150g
Eno Salts 150g: Eno Salts 150g fast and refreshing relief from an upset stomach.   More >>>
Price: £2.99 (incl VAT)
 

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Heartburn and Indigestion Information

Heartburn and Indigestion FAQs

What is heartburn and indigestion and their symptoms?

Indigestion is a general term used to describe discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen or chest, usually after meals. An alternative term is dyspepsia. When a burning discomfort is felt behind the breast bone, it is known as heartburn.

Heartburn is a burning pain caused by the stomach acid flowing back up your food tube (oesophagus). This is called reflux, the valve (sphincter) at the join between the oesophagus and stomach does not work properly, allowing reflux of the stomach acid. You will normally feel this pain in the centre of your chest or behind your breastbone (sternum). If this is severe, it might feel similar to a heart attack.

Your stomach produces a strong acid that helps digest food and protects you against infection. A layer of mucus lines the stomach, oesophagus and intestines to act as a barrier against this acid. If the mucus layer is damaged, the acid can irritate the tissues underneath and this is known as a peptic ulcer.

Some of the following things can make the symptoms worse: eating a heavy meal, drinking excess alcohol, smoking, stress and anxiety, drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, pregnancy, a peptic ulcer (stomach or duodenal ulcer).

You should seek advice from your GP if you have any of the following symptoms: unintended weight loss, indigestion symptoms for the first time if you are 45 or older, if you experience severe pain, or if the pain gets worse or changes.

Treatments for heartburn and indigestion

The more common over-the-counter indigestion products are antacids, usually a mixture of magnesium ((Philip's Milk of Magnesia) and aluminium salts; calcium carbonate (Setlers); or sodium bicarbonate (Bisodol).

Dimeticone and/or peppermint oil-containing products act as deflatulents. They have an anti-foaming action and release trapped gas to assist belching. Alginate products (Gaviscon) act by forming a raft that floats on the stomach contents and forms a physical barrier between the acidic contents of the stomach and the oesophagus lining. They are particularly appropriate when symptoms are caused by reflux of the stomach content into the oesophagus.

The choice between tablet or liquid is often down to personal preference. But there is some evidence that liquids work quicker, while tablets have a longer lasting effect. Some tablets have a high sugar content.

H2 blockers work by reducing the amount of acid that the stomach produces. Examples of H2 blockers are famotidine (Pepcid) and ranitidine (Zantac) cimetidine. The maximum treatment period is two weeks.

Omeprazole (Zanprol), a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), PPI work by blocking the release of acid and are indicated in gastric reflux.

Domperidone (Motilium), stimulates gastric empting and small intestinal transit, as well as enhancing the strength of oesophageal sphincter contraction. Motilium can be given when the stomach may feel full soon after starting to eat, so that it is difficult to finish a meal, or there may be an uncomfortable sense of fullness or bloating after a meal. Buccastem can be used for the treatment of nausea, or even vomiting after food.  
 
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