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How is a peptic ulcer treated?

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A peptic ulcer is a sore on the inside of your stomach or at the top of your small intestine. It can cause repeated burning pain.

Your treatment will depending on what’s causing it:

  • The most common remedy is a mix of antibiotic drugs to kill the H. pylori bacteria and medications to get rid of acid in your stomach. These might include proton pump inhibitors, H2 blockers, or other antacids. You’ll take these drugs for 10 days to 2 weeks.
  • If your ulcer is caused by over-the-counter painkillers, you’ll need to either cut back on them or quit taking them.
  • You also may get a drug called a protectant, which coats ulcers to protect them from stomach acid.

SOURCES:

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

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Peptic ulcers.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Peptic ulcer.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Peptic Ulcer Disease and H. pylori Infection.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 20, 2017

SOURCES:

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

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Peptic ulcers.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Peptic ulcer.”

American Family Physician: “Diagnosis and Treatment of Peptic Ulcer Disease and H. pylori Infection.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on September 20, 2017

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