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Can taking Aleve cause a stomach ulcer?

Can taking Aleve cause a stomach ulcer?

Absolutely: All nsaids can cause major GI issues including ulcers. ...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


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Imitrex 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 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, frova, treximet, all may work far better than imitrex. ...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?

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 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?

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 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 have a history of stomach ulcers in 2010! i take naproxen for my pcos symptoms! i think I have another! if needed can a ER diagnose me?

Perhaps: You should not be taking naprosyn if you have had an ulcer. The best study to diagnose this condition is endoscopy. A barium upper GI x-ray will also diagnose this condition. The er dr will possibly do a stool study (or rectal exam to obtain stool). Stool will be examined for "occult" blood. ...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

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I suffer from gerd, no history of ulcers and I also suffer from migraines. I am desperate for relief, is it ok to take aleeve or ibproufen?

I suffer from gerd, no history of ulcers and  I also suffer from migraines. I am desperate for relief, is it ok to take aleeve or ibproufen?

No: In the long run the alleve and Ibuprofen will make it worse. Stay away from coffe, teas, alcohol high fat meals. Consider pancreatin, papaya tabs, vit b complex. Also try aloe juice and or dgl deglycyrrhizinated licorice. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

Ulcer is the medical term for erosion of a normal barrier (the lining on top) exposing the surface that is normally beneath this barrier. Ulcers can occurs at sites like the skin, the ...Read more


Naproxen (Definition)

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