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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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Imitrex (sumatriptan) works for my migraines 60% of the time, what other prescription is available that works more consistently? Aleve helps, other OTC never helps. history ulcers

Imitrex (sumatriptan) works for my migraines 60% of the time, what other prescription is available that works more consistently? Aleve helps, other OTC never helps. history ulcers

TWO APPROACHES: Prevention most critical, and this includes botox, beta-blockers, topirimate, depakote, and a few otc agents such as butterbur, feverfew, co-q10, magnesium, riboflavin. Best triptans to be used to stop headache, might try nasal zomig, relpax, (eletriptan) frova, treximet, all may work far better than imitrex. ...Read more

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How probable can vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen) give you an ulcer?

How probable can vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen) give you an ulcer?

Possible: Vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen) is a combination of Naproxen and esomeprazole. The Naproxen (NSAID) can cause all forms of GI upset , including erosive gastritis and perforation . Also must watch for severe skin reactions , red/ purple rash, which can be life-threatening. The longer you take it , the more likely you will get upper GI problems. Only 1 in 5 patients are symptomatic , so be careful, limit to short-term use. ...Read more

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How possible can vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen) give you an ulcer?

How possible can vimovo (esomeprazole and naproxen) give you an ulcer?

Modest risk: This combination med of Naproxen and a proton pump inhibitor has a markedly reduced risk versus Naproxen alone. The risk is relatively small but is far from zero. ...Read more

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I know I have pericarditis and when i took naproxen i got an ulcer so i stopped the medication however i still have this pain in my chest?

See your doctor : Certainly pericarditis can cause chest pain and this may be the pain you are experiencing. However, chest pain can have other causes and you should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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My doctor wants to do an endoscopy due to suspected ulcer caused by 6months of naproxen. I'm not comfortable with it, what are my other options?

My doctor wants to do an endoscopy due to suspected ulcer caused by 6months of naproxen. I'm not comfortable with it, what are my other options?

Your choice: Your doctor is recommending the normal and appropriate tests for you. It is your body and your life and you can always opt out of any test or treatment. Another alternative is treating you for an ulcer and re evaluating in 6-8 weeks. It is always possible that a mistake will be made in the diagnosis but the risk of this approach is relatively low. ...Read more

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Did 2week antibiotics for suspected ulcer caused by naproxen. Symptoms returned shortly after.Was taking pepacid daily/switched to prilosec.now what?

Did 2week antibiotics for suspected ulcer caused by naproxen. Symptoms returned shortly after.Was taking pepacid daily/switched to prilosec.now what?

See details: First of all, antibiotics are not indicated for an ulcer secondary to NSAIDs unless H. Pylori is present. Pepcid (famotidine) will not prevent ulcers related to NSAIDs unless it is taken in very high doses. Stay with the Prilosec. ...Read more

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Developed ulcer after yrs of doctor-recommended naproxen for chronic pain. Can i take naproxen after ulcer heals, even if smaller dose, less frequent?

See details: First of all, chronic Naproxen use should never be prescribed without also prescribing a proton pump inhibitor such as Prilosec or Protonix (pantoprazole) to minimize the risk of developing ulcers or GI bleeds. If you are going to try to restart it (i would not recommend doing it) then you must take the additional step to protect your GI tract. ...Read more

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I take naproxen&also have anemia w/ dark stool apparently naproxen can cause ulcer could that B What I have or cancer?

Cancer is unlikely: While not impossible, cancer in a 40 yo female is MUCH less likely than a GI bleed in when you are taking a non-selective COX-2 inhibitor like naproxen. Unless, you are having severe symptoms of dizziness, headache, and the like you should be fine with just discontinuation of the naprosyn (and other NSAIDs like ibuprofen) and giving it time for your symptoms to subside. O/W see your PCM sooner. ...Read more

Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more


Naproxen (Definition)

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It inhibits cyclooxygenase thus reducing ...Read more