Dyspepsia Treatment Overview
First steps to consider
- Mild, occasional dyspepsia (indigestion) can usually be treated at home.
- Try OTC medications like antacids and anti-bloating and anti-gas medications.
- Quit smoking and avoid coffee, carbonated beverages, and alcohol.
When you may need a provider
- Moderate to severe indigestion
- Need to take antacids daily
- Symptoms occur frequently or are affecting your quality of life.
Go to the ER or call 911 if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Severe nausea and vomiting
- Bloody or black stools
- Constant upper abdominal pain
See your doctor right away if you’re over 55 and
- Have a family history of cancer
- Stomach pain comes on suddenly and abruptly
- Can’t swallow or it’s painful to swallow
- Vomiting frequently
- Have unexplained weight loss
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