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Understanding Ulcer Treatment

Tips for Living With Ulcers

  • If you have an ulcer, be cautious when choosing over-the-counter pain relievers. Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen may not only irritate the ulcer but also prevent a bleeding ulcer from healing. Avoid powdered headache powders, which are usually powdered aspirin. Your best choice may be acetaminophen (Tylenol, for example), which does not cause or promote stomach ulcers.
  • Don't overdose on iron supplements. Although people with bleeding ulcers can develop anemia and may need to take iron as a treatment, taking too much can irritate the stomach lining and the ulcer. Ask your doctor how much iron you need.
  • Learn how to deal with stress. While there is no evidence that stress causes ulcers, it can exacerbate existing ones. Practicing relaxation techniques -- including deep breathing, guided imagery, and moderate exercise -- can help alleviate stress.

 

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Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on April 03, 2013

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