You can prevent NSAID ulcers and their complications by not taking NSAIDs or by only taking them occasionally and in small doses. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label. If you have to use NSAIDs, your doctor may advise you to take an NSAID that is less likely to cause ulcers. Or your doctor may prescribe a medicine that you take each day to help prevent ulcers. Medicines that help prevent ulcers include:
Your doctor may advise you to get tested for H. pylori bacteria before you start long-term NSAID use. Testing and treatment for H. pylori infection has been shown to reduce the risk of ulcers for people starting long-term NSAID use.1 If you take NSAIDs, be sure to discuss with your doctor the potential risks of long-term NSAID use.
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November 14, 2014
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