Peptic Ulcer Disease - Prevention
You can greatly reduce the chance that you will get a peptic ulcer if you:
- Don't smoke. Smokers are much more likely than nonsmokers to get ulcers. For ways to quit smoking, see the topic Quitting Smoking.
- Avoid NSAIDs. Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for longer than a few days at a time. If you are taking one of these medicines daily, for example taking aspirin for heart problems, ask your doctor about taking medicine to help protect your stomach and intestines from ulcers.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation. Limit alcohol to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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