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What is an upset stomach?

An upset stomach or indigestion is a symptom indicating an underlying gastrointestinal disorder. Inflammation in the intestines or the stomach (gastroenteritis) due to any reason can lead to indigestion. It results from certain medications, virus, being exposed to unfamiliar bacteria during a journey or due to contaminated food. Almost everyone has experienced indigestion at least once in his or her lifetime.

What are its main associated signs and symptoms?

The main signs and symptoms associated with an upset stomach are:

What are the main causes?

The main causes of an upset stomach are:

  • Swallowing too much air while eating that causes bloating, which can lead to indigestion
  • Infection due to contaminated food or water e.g., typhoid, cholera, etc.
  • Ulcers in the digestive tract and intestines
  • Increased consumption of caffeinated beverages and alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Ingesting contaminated food
  • Aspirin – Aspirin irritates the stomach lining in some people

How is it diagnosed and treated?

A doctor will go through the patient’s medical history to rule out any underlying causes like ulcers. The doctor may recommend an abdominal X-ray or use an endoscope (a tube-like instrument fitted with a light and a camera) to get a closer look into the stomach and identify the cause of indigestion. A gastroscopy will be recommended if needed.

The treatment regimen for an upset stomach depends on the underlying cause. Usually, symptoms of an upset stomach subside within a few hours without using any medications. A diet of clear fluids is the most recommended diet to treat an upset stomach.

Avoiding the following habits can provide relief to an upset stomach:

  • Eating spicy food
  • Eating late dinners
  • Inactivity after meals can slow down metabolism
  • Drinking fluids during the meal

The doctor may give prescription medications like antibiotics, antacids, medications to control nausea and vomiting and anti-diarrhoeal medications if the upset stomach is affecting stomach functioning.

  1. Medicines for Upset Stomach
  2. Doctors for Upset Stomach
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Medicines for Upset Stomach

Medicines listed below are available for Upset Stomach. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
Ulgel TabletUlgel 400 Mg/20 Mg Tablet0
UlgelULGEL 400/20MG SYRUP 200ML0
Ulgel AULGEL-A 200 SYRUP112
Magnate PMagnate P 5 Mg/300 Mg/25 Mg Syrup52
Rantac MpsRantac Mps 400 Mg/20 Mg Syrup80
UlpaneULPANE GEL 200ML102
Rate 3Rate 3 Syrup43
Fast MpsFast Mps Syrup58
NorperNorper 10 Mg/480 Mg Tablet4
MetadrateMetadrate 10 Mg/480 Mg Syrup31
AlmagAlmag 400 Mg/50 Mg Oral Gel51
CidCid 400 Mg/20 Mg Syrup0
CongelCongel 480 Mg/25 Mg Syrup32
DewgelDewgel Syrup37
Engel ( Endocard)ENGEL 500MG TABLET 10S0
GastroxGastrox 400 Mg/20 Mg Oral Gel47
GelikemGelikem 480 Mg/25 Mg Suspension40
MagaconeMagacone 450 Mg/20 Mg Syrup31
MaglidMaglid 400 Mg/20 Mg Suspension56
MagnateMagnate Kid Sachet64
Magsim MpsMagsim Mps 480 Mg/50 Mg Syrup0
Mega SMega S Syrup 400 Mg/60 Mg/5 Ml36
MegaswissMegaswiss 800 Mg/50 Mg Tablet8

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  1. Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System [Internet]: University Health Services; Upset stomach
  2. Virginia State University[Internet]; Upset Stomach.
  3. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: US National Library of Medicine; Indigestion.
  4. Cleveland Clinic. [Internet]. Cleveland, Ohio. Upset Stomach (Indigestion): Care and Treatment.
  5. Bolia R. Approach to "Upset Stomach". Indian J Pediatr. 2017 Dec;84(12):915-921. PMID: 28687951

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