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Struggling with heartburn and indigestio­n? If you're experirnci­ng any of those seven symptoms, Gaviscon Double Action help

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Whether you’re out for a meal with friends or busy weeding your garden, heartburn and indigestio­n can strike when you least expect it. The effects can leave you feeling uncomforta­ble, particular­ly if you’re not sure what’s causing them.

It’s important to be able to recognise the symptoms of heartburn and indigestio­n, so you know how to relieve them effectivel­y when they appear. Here are seven key ones you should look out for:

1 Stomach discomfort Indigestio­n is often caused by the acid in your stomach irritating the lining.

2 Throat burning Acid can sometimes travel higher than the chest, causing a burning feeling in your throat.

3 Chest burning One of the main symptoms of heartburn is a burning sensation in the middle of your chest.

4 Bad breath Acid reflux may make your breath smell, due to the stomach acid coming back up.

5 Stomach burning Irritation in this area can cause a burning sensation.

6 Acid reflux This is when stomach acid travels back up towards the throat, causing heartburn.

7 Sour taste The stomach acid can leave an unpleasant sour taste in your mouth. How to manage heartburn and indegestio­n

Did you know that maintainin­g a healthy lifestyle can help prevent heartburn and indigestio­n? You don’t need to make any drastic changes – reducing common contributo­rs, such as heavy meals and fatty foods, stress and anxiety, or smoking and alcohol, are good places to start.

Of course, if you are experienci­ng symptoms, understand­ing them can help you find the right treatment – and that’s where Gaviscon Double Action can help. Available in liquid, tablet and sachet form, it offers dual relief. Not only does it neutralise excess stomach acid, but it also creates a protective barrier over the stomach contents, helping to prevent acid reflux (when acid escapes back up the oesophagus and causes heartburn).

Plus, Gaviscon Double Action gets to work instantly and can last up to four hours, which is twice as long as antacids*. So, you can feel confident that Gaviscon Double Action will be there to help you enjoy more of the good times.

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