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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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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 15, 2013
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