How is indigestion treated and prevented?
Your doctor should review your diet and lifestyle with you to see if any changes can be made to lessen or prevent indigestion. There are many over-the-counter antacids as well as prescription-strength drugs available, depending on the cause of the problems.
Although more research is necessary to determine all the risk factors, the following steps should help:
- Don’t smoke
- Eat meals at regular times
- Do not rush meals
- Enjoy eating and drinking, but do so in moderation
- Avoid those foods you associate with symptoms
- Don’t take aspirin for headaches, colds and coughs—take acetaminophen instead
- Avoid taking anti-arthritis pain killers if at all possible: ask your doctor for advice
- Try not to let stressful situations upset you
- Eat your evening meal well before going to bed so that it has time to digest
- Raise the head of the bed six to eight inches on blocks: this will help keep the acid down in the stomach where it belongs
- Avoid being overweight; try to lose weight if you are
- Avoid excessive caffeine, fats and alcohol
- Avoid tight belts or clothing
- Avoid bending down or lying flat after meals.