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 is often caused by excess acid coming into contact with the sensitive lining of the stomach, bowel 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 especially 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.
  • Smoking.

The good news is that Gaviscon Double Action 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 diarrhea. 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 means you can take your life off pause. Opt for take 1-2 sachets or 2-4 tablets after meals and at bedtime, up to four times a day.

If you are pregnant, Gaviscon Double Action is also suitable for you.

All information presented is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor. Always read the label.

Repeat Sufferers

Repeatedly suffering from indigestion? Don’t let it put your life on pause.


Indigestion 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.