An inability to digest milk and
dairy products (lactose intolerance).
Gallbladder pain (biliary
colic) or inflammation (cholecystitis).
Anxiety or depression.
Side effects of
caffeine, alcohol, or medicines. Examples of medicines that may cause dyspepsia
are aspirin and
similar drugs, antibiotics, steroids, digoxin, and
You can make changes to your lifestyle to help relieve your symptoms of dyspepsia. Here are some things to try:
Change your eating habits.
It's best to eat several small meals instead of two or three large meals.
After you eat, wait 2 to 3 hours before you lie down. Late-night snacks aren't a good idea.
Chocolate, mint, and alcohol can make dyspepsia worse. They relax the valve between the esophagus and the stomach.
Spicy foods, foods that have a lot of acid (like tomatoes and oranges), and coffee can make dyspepsia worse in some people. If your symptoms are worse after you eat a certain food, you may want to stop eating that food to see if your symptoms get better.
Do not smoke or chew tobacco.
If you get dyspepsia at night, raise the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches by putting the frame on blocks or placing a foam wedge under the head of your mattress. (Adding extra pillows does not work.)
Do not wear tight clothing around your middle.
Lose weight if you need to. Losing just 5 to 10 pounds can help.
Treatment depends on what is causing the problem. If no specific
cause is found, treatment focuses on relieving symptoms with medicine.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.