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You have new belly pain or belly pain that does not go away.
If you have been diagnosed with a peptic ulcer and medical treatment is not helping, call your doctor. Waiting until your symptoms get worse can be serious.
If you don't know if you have a peptic ulcer and you don't have any of the emergency symptoms listed above, you may try taking an antacid or nonprescription acid reducer and other home treatment, such as making changes to your diet.
If your symptoms don't get better after 10 to 14 days, call your doctor.
If your symptoms go away after you take antacids or acid reducers and try home treatment, but then the symptoms come back, call your doctor.