Advice on the use of acid suppressants and proton pump inhibitors will cut indigestion and save the NHS £50m a year, health minister John Denham has announced.
The announcement follows recommendations published by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence.
These have been sent to doctors to advise them to use low-cost treatments at an early stage, to prevent development into more serious conditions.
The institute recommends proton pump inhibitors for treatment of an ulcer caused by use of other medication. Mild indigestion or heartburn can be treated with a low-dose antacid.
"The guidance issue means that patients can rest assured they will get the treatment that is right for them, wherever they live," said Denham.