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Heartburn and Indigestion

image Heartburn and Indigestion

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.
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Popular Heartburn and Indigestion Brands

Bisodol
Gaviscon
Pepto-Bismol
Rennie
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.

    £18.69
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • 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.

    £3.30
    (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.

    £3.40
    (incl VAT)
  • Braggs Charcoal Food Supplement 50 Capsules

    £3.50
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • 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.

    £2.65
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • Gaviscon Strawberry Flavour Tablets 24

    Gaviscon Strawberry Flavour Tablets 24

    Gaviscon Strawberry Flavour Tablets 24 provide relief from indigestion and heartburn.

    £3.45
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • Gaviscon Strawberry Flavour Tablets 48

    Gaviscon Strawberry Flavour Tablets 48

    Gaviscon Strawberry Flavour Tablets 48 offers relief from indigestion and heartburn, which can occur after a meal. Women can also suffer during pregnancy.

    £5.95
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • 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.

    £6.10
    (incl VAT)
  • Gaviscon Peppermint Tablets 48

    £6.10
    (incl VAT)
  • Gaviscon Double Action Tablets Mint 48

    Gaviscon Double Action Tablets Mint 48

    Chewable mint tablets which provide fast and powerful relief from heartburn and indigestion.

    £7.50
    (incl VAT)
  • Gaviscon Double Action Mint Flavour Chewable Tablets 12

    Gaviscon Double Action Mint Flavour Chewable Tablets 12

    For the relief of acid indigestion and heartburn. Gaviscon Double Action Mint Flavour Chewable Tablets are safe to take during pregnancy.

    £2.65
    (incl VAT)
  • Maalox Plus Tablets 30

    Maalox Plus Tablets 30

    Fast working Maalox plus tablets offer lasting relief from heartburn (acid indigestion).

    £3.45
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • Maalox Plus Oral Suspension 250ml

    Maalox Plus Oral Suspension 250ml

    Maalox Plus Oral Suspension 250ml contains active ingredients Aluminium Hydroxide and Magnesium Hydroxide which help to relieve heartburn and indigestion.

    £4.20
    (incl VAT)
  • Nexium Control 7's

    £5.95
    (incl VAT)
  • Nexium Control 14's

    £11.20
    (incl VAT)
  • Nexium Control Heartburn Capsules 14

    £11.50
    (incl VAT)
  • Guardium Acid Reflux Control Esomeprazole 20mg Tablets

    Guardium Acid Reflux Control Esomeprazole 20mg Tablets

    Guardium Acid Reflux Control Esomeprazole 20mg Tablets is for short-term treatment of heartburn and acid reflux in adults aged 18 and over.

    £10.59
    (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

    £1.20
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • Numark Peppermint Flavour Antacid 500mg - 48 Tablets

    Numark Peppermint Flavour Antacid 500mg - 48 Tablets

    Numark Peppermint Flavour Antacid 500mg - 48 Tablets a peppermint flavoured tablet for the relief of indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia, acidity and flatulence.

    £1.45
    (incl VAT)
  • Pantoloc Control Tablets 7

    Pantoloc Control Tablets 7

    Pantoloc Control Tablets 7 are gastro-resistant tablets that contain pantoprazole 20mg.

    £6.60
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • 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.

    £9.65
    (incl VAT)
    Sorry, this product has been discountinued.
  • 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.

    £2.95
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £5.50
    (incl VAT)
  • Pyrocalm Control 20mg 7 tablets

    Pyrocalm Control 20mg 7 tablets

    Pyrocalm Control 20mg 7 tablets. Gastro-Resistant. For the short term relief of heartburn and reflux in adults.

    £5.65
    (incl VAT)
  • Pyrocalm Control 20mg 14 tablets

    Pyrocalm Control 20mg 14 tablets

    Pyrocalm Control 20mg 14 tablets. Gastro-Resistant. For the short term relief of heartburn and acid reflux.

    £8.85
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £1.85
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • 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.

    £1.75
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £2.30
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £2.20
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £3.60
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £3.60
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £4.80
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £4.70
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £2.55
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £2.30
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £3.95
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £3.55
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £5.75
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £2.30
    (incl VAT)
  • 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.

    £3.90
    (incl VAT)
  • Setlers Antacid Tablets 36

    Setlers Antacid Tablets 36

    Setlers Antacid Tablets 36 offer symptomatic relief of acid indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia and nervous indigestion.

    £2.00
    (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.

    £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.

    £3.85
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • 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.

    £1.99
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • 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.

    £3.95
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • Zantac 75 Tablets 24

    Zantac 75 Tablets 24

    Zantac 75 Tablets 24 are designed to help prevent and treat heartburn and indigestion.

    £7.20
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock
  • 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.

    £10.50
    (incl VAT)
    Out of stock

Heartburn and Indigestion Liquids

Herbal Indigestion Remedies

  • A. Vogel Centaurium 50ml

    A. Vogel Centaurium 50ml

    A. Vogel Centaurium 50ml is ideal for treating indigestion, acid reflux and symptoms of hiatus hernia.

    £8.30
    (incl VAT)
    Buy any 3 or more A. Vogel products and save 5%
  • A. Vogel Digestisan 50ml

    A. Vogel Digestisan 50ml

    Digestisan drops help to relieve the feeling of being full and feeling uncomfortable after a large meal.

    £7.90
    (incl VAT)
    Buy any 3 or more A. Vogel products and save 5%
  • A. Vogel Digestisan 15ml

    A. Vogel Digestisan 15ml

    Drops from A.Vogel to help to relieve the uncomfortable feeling from overeating and drinking.

    £3.50
    (incl VAT)
    Buy any 3 or more A. Vogel products and save 5%

Heartburn and Indigestion Salts

  • Eno Salts 150g

    Eno Salts 150g

    Eno Salts 150g fast and refreshing relief from an upset stomach.

    £3.35
    (incl VAT)

Related Products and Conditions

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.