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    Nonprescription Medicines for Peptic Ulcers

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    Take antacids or acid reducers to relieve your symptoms of peptic ulcer.

    • Antacids (such as Maalox, Mylanta, or Tums) reduce the amount of acid in your stomach.
    • Acid reducers (such as Pepcid or Prilosec) reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces.

    Reducing the amount of acid in your stomach helps your ulcer heal.

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    How to Manage Your EPI

    One of the biggest tasks for people with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is to make sure the body gets the right amount of vitamins and nutrients. Along with treatment, the right diet and lifestyle habits can make a big difference. They can also ease symptoms that come with the condition, like diarrhea and stomach pain. If your condition isn’t severe, these changes might be all you need to treat and manage the disease.

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    If you are taking one of these medicines to help your symptoms for more than 10 to 14 days at a time, or if your symptoms are very bad, call your doctor.

    If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor or pharmacist before choosing an antacid. Some antacids have a high salt (sodium) content.


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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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