How can I prevent indigestion?

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You can prevent indigestion by:

Eating several small, low-fat meals throughout the day at a slow pace Refraining from smoking Abstaining from consuming coffee, carbonated beverages, and alcohol Stopping use of medications that may irritate the stomach lining-such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs Getting enough rest Finding ways to decrease emotional and physical stress, such as relaxation therapy or yoga

The doctor may recommend over-the-counter antacids or medications that reduce acid production or help the stomach move food more quickly into the small intestine. Many of these medications can be purchased without a prescription. Non-prescription medications should only be used at the dose and for the length of time recommended on the label unless advised differently by a doctor. Informing the doctor when starting a new medication is important.

This answer is based on source information from the  National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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