dyspepsia
DYSPEPSIA

Dyspepsia is having any one of the following: disturbing postprandial fullness, early satiation, epigastric pain and/or burning felt predominantly in the upper abdomen.

It is considered a symptom complex rather than a specific diagnosis.

Acid suppression is the recommended initial therapy.

Follow Up

  • Offer low-dose treatment with limited number of prescriptions or stopping treatment
    • Dyspepsia is a remitting and relapsing disease and continuous medication is not necessary after eradication of symptoms unless there is an underlying condition requiring treatment
  • May consider treatment with antacids when necessary
  • Continue to avoid known precipitants of dyspepsia including smoking, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, fatty foods and being overweight
  • Monitor for appearance of alarm signs and symptoms
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