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How are peptic ulcers treated?

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Some peptic ulcers heal on their own, but if you don’t treat them, the ulcers tend to come back.

They can erode the blood vessel wall in your stomach or small intestine. The ulcers also can eat a hole through the lining and get infected. They can also cause swelling, which may block food from moving from your stomach into your small intestine.

If H. pylori is the culprit, your doctor may prescribe a mix of antibiotics to kill it. If aspirin and other NSAIDs are behind the ulcer, you may need to cut down on them, stop taking them altogether, or switch to another pain reliever.

Your doctor may also give you antacids to fight stomach acid, or prescribe medicine to lessen the acid your body makes. Prescription drugs called cytoprotective agents can help protect the lining of the stomach or small intestine so the ulcer can heal.

From: Peptic Ulcers (Stomach Ulcers) WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 9/27/2017

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient education: Peptic ulcer disease (Beyond the Basics).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “Peptic Ulcers.”

Mayo Clinic: “Peptic Ulcer.”

CDC: “Helicobacter pylori.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Peptic Ulcers.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2017

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient education: Peptic ulcer disease (Beyond the Basics).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Medical University of South Carolina Digestive Disease Center: “Peptic Ulcers.”

Mayo Clinic: “Peptic Ulcer.”

CDC: “Helicobacter pylori.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Peptic Ulcers.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on September 27, 2017

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