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How should I prevent peptic ulcers?

How should I prevent peptic ulcers?

Avoid NSAIDs: The 2 most common causes of stomach or duodenal ulcers are infection with the helicobacter pylori bacteria and the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, meloxicam, etc. ...Read more

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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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Are peptic ulcers hereditary?

Are peptic ulcers hereditary?

Peptic ulcer factors: The are a lot of factors that can cause peptic ulcers including but not limited to increased acid secretion, medications, H.pylori infection. some of them are acquired but not necessarly all of them. You should consult your physician to be able to find the specific cause of peptic ulcer ...Read more

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Are peptic ulcers pre malignant ? ?

Are peptic ulcers pre malignant ? ?

No: Peptic ulcers are benign. Most are caused by a bacteria ( h. Pylori). However, some cancers (especially in sto, mach) present as ulcerated abnormalities. Location, size, appearance, response to therapy are all important favtors. Biopsy (tissue sampling) can be very helpful. ...Read more

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Peptic ulcers. What helps healing the most?

Peptic ulcers.  What helps healing the most?

Ulcer healing: In treating peptic ulcer disease, it is essential to withdraw potential offending or contributing agents such as nsaids, cigarettes, and excess alcohol. If the bacterium h. Pylori is discovered, your doctor will try to eradicate it. Stress reduction is not believed to have much bearing on healing of ulcers. You should probably avoid foods which cause symptoms (dyspepsia). ...Read more

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Do peptic ulcers have a malignant potential ?

Do peptic ulcers have a malignant potential ?

NOT USUALLY: Peptic ulcer is usually assosciated with gastric hypersecretion. It responds well to acid supression therapy. Lack of response to therapy could lead to egd evaluation. ...Read more

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Anyone been treated for peptic ulcers solely with OTC meds?

Anyone been treated for peptic ulcers solely with OTC meds?

Yes. : Until relatively recently Omeprazole was a prescription drug. The otc variant is half-strength. But how do you know it's peptic ulcer disease and not something even more serious? Try to get an endoscopy for diagnosis then look at your rx options. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, Naproxen etc. Could you have h. Pylori? ...Read more

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Can you be treated for peptic ulcers without having an endoscopy?

Yes with PPI : but better to know whether that is indeed what you have!! so should have an EGD. but proton pump inhibitors (any of them, really) work well to heal ulcers. ...Read more

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Can people be treated for peptic ulcers without having an endoscopy?

Can people be treated for peptic ulcers without having an endoscopy?

Ulcers without scope: Absolutely. If a person is young and the symptoms are not alarming, ie. No bleeding, a patient can be treated with strong antacid medication called ppi such as prevacid (lansoprazole). If they improve the only thing needed would be a blood test for h pylori to prevent a recurrence. Older people, such as over 50 or asians over 40, need endoscopy because of the prevalence of stomach cancer. ...Read more

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What OTC medication can be taken for peptic ulcers? 35 yo black, healthy male

Proton pump inhibitr: Proton pump inhibitors like omeprazole, nexium, (esomeprazole) prilosec, etc. Decrease acid production helping ulcers. They are over the counter now, but may be more expensive. Medications like pepcid, ranitidine, pepto bismol, and mylanta may help with symptoms, but they are not as strong in protecting the stomach from 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


Dr. Sidney Vinson
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Peptic Ulcer (Definition)

Peptic ulcer is a condition in which there is corrosion of the surface of the stomach and/or first part of the small intestine. Symptoms include upper abdominal pain, nausea, ...Read more