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Does Prilosec actually cure ulcers?

Does Prilosec actually cure ulcers?

No: Prilosec and similar meds only decrease the amount of acidity created by the lining of the stomach during food processing. That can decrease the intensity of symptoms when reflux of gastric contents into the lower esophagus occurs. Other medications can target the issues that lead to ulcers.

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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Could 40 mg. Of Prilosec daily for 4-6 weeks be enough to cure an ulcer?

Could 40 mg. Of Prilosec daily for 4-6 weeks be enough to cure an ulcer?

Depends on cause: You not only need to take the antacid, but you also need to avoid the precipitant that caused the ulcer (meds, alcohol, tobacco). It's a balancing act and just taking an antacid may not be enough.

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I have an hpylori stomach ulcer, how to cure it; I take Prilosec for reflux, what else should I do?

I have an hpylori stomach ulcer, how to cure it; I take Prilosec for reflux, what else should I do?

H Pylori: H. Pylori usually treated with a combination of three medications taken twice a day for a period of 7-14 days. Variability for duration depends upon the medications used. One of those medications could be prilosec. Also depending upon the location of the ulcer in the stomach, repeat endoscopy may be done to assure healing of the ulcer 6-8 weeks after the original diagnosis.

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I get ulcers like once every 4 months. Is there anything wrong with me? What can I do besides take Prilosec and be good for a couple more months?

Strange: Your question makes no sense to me. How do you know you have ulcers? Did a doctor tell you that? How did he diagnose you? Furthermore, I've never heard of peptic ulcer disease in a 25 year-old, unless you are abusing NSAIDs. Who told you to take Prilosec? Do you know how this drug works or what the risks and potential benefits are of taking it?

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Do I need Prilosec or prevacid (lansoprazole) for ulcer?

Do I need Prilosec or prevacid (lansoprazole) for ulcer?

Good choices: Depending on the cause of the ulcer those drugs are often good choices.

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Is it possible to develop an ulcer while taking Prilosec and zantac (ranitidine)?

Yes: Yes, it's still possible. If you think you've developed one or are having symptoms, you should see your physician.

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Besides Zantac (ranitidine) and prilosec what else can you use for constant acid from an ulcer?

Several meds: Besides those two, there are at least 6 to 8 other medications which can be used for chronic acid problems. If you have given those medicines a try and they have been unsuccessful, I would return to your primary care doctor or gastroenterologist for any other evaluation which may be needed, and potentially for a prescription for a new medication. Good luck.

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My doc thinks I have an ulcer & prescribed prilosec. I've taken it for 2 weeks w/o result. Is there another safe OTC med that can help? Thanks!

Nexium, (esomeprazole) Prevacid: Did you have any endoscopy performed to diagnose the ulcer? Prilosec is used to treat ulcer, but it does takes time to treat an ulcer, at least for several weeks. Antibiotics may be needed too if there is bacterial infection associated with the ulcer, and repeat endoscopy is recommended to see the resolution of the ulcer. Other alternative OTC are nexium, (esomeprazole) Prevacid which works similarly. Good luck!

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How often should I take Prilosec for my peptic ulcer?

How often should I take Prilosec for my peptic ulcer?

As directed: Take as directed by your physician. Usually it is prescribed once a day. It lasts 24 hours. Check with your prescribing doctor. Good health to you

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Is there a way 2 prevent recurring ulcer? Got ulcer 3x in 2yrs, rarely take NSAIDs & taking Prilosec. Could long intervals w/o eating have any effect?

Is there a way 2 prevent recurring ulcer? Got ulcer 3x in 2yrs, rarely take NSAIDs & taking Prilosec. Could long intervals w/o eating have any effect?

Have they ruled out: ...such conditions as H.pylori, acid hypersecretory conditions (like Z-E syndrome), gastroparesis (I note you're diabetic)?

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How often should I take Prilosec when I have a peptic ulcer?

How often should I take Prilosec when I have a peptic ulcer?

8 weeks minimum: Generally for 8 weeks and make sure to check for H Pylori bacteria. Prolonged course if taking NSAIDS (pain pills).

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Was given treatment for suspected ulcer with only Prilosec and -NO- antibiotics. This seems unusual. Expected treatment outcome?

Was given treatment for suspected ulcer with only Prilosec and -NO- antibiotics. This seems unusual. Expected treatment outcome?

Should help: If you have an ulcer, of any kind, omeprazole should help with symptoms and help treat the ulcer--kind of like removing the lemon juice from an open wound. However, if the ulcer was CAUSED by and infection like helicobacter pylori, the omeprazole won't "cure" you. You would need antibiotics for that. Discuss with your doctor his/her level of suspicion that this could be an infectious ulcer.

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10mg lexapro (escitalopram) 4 anxiety, taking 5mg for first week and then upping to 10 Also taking prilosec otc 20mg daily for ulcer. Safe together?

10mg lexapro (escitalopram) 4 anxiety, taking 5mg for first week and then upping to 10 Also taking prilosec otc 20mg daily for ulcer. Safe together?

Talk to your doctor: Prilosec can increase the blood level of Lexapro (escitalopram) and thus increase the risk of side effects. That being said, there are many patients who take both together and never experience any problems. Talk to your doctor who knows you and can monitor you accordingly. Hope this helps! Best wishes!

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Is scattered antral erosions gastritis or ulcers? Been on prilosec for 3yrs for reflux. Not sure how I got them being medicated. Should Dr. Up my dose

Is scattered antral erosions gastritis or ulcers? Been on prilosec for 3yrs for reflux. Not sure how I got them being medicated. Should Dr. Up my dose

"Erosions": Usually refer to gastritis rather than ulcerations...As far as the development of this in the face of PRILOSEC therapy I would ask your treating GI Doc about possible H PYLORI INFECTION..... Hope this is helpful Dr Z

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If I take a NSAID everyday for arthritis, will Prilosec help reduce ulcer risk? If so, by how much, and how many MG of Prilosec should I take? Thanks

If I take a NSAID everyday for arthritis, will Prilosec help reduce ulcer risk? If so, by how much, and how many MG of Prilosec should I take? Thanks

20 to 40 mg: The risk of ulcers resulting from daily NSAIDs is rel. Risk factors such as age >65, previous ulcers, daily aspirin, and high dose NSAIDS. PPIs have definitely been shown to reduce ulcers. The dose for Prilosec is 20 to 40 mg daily. Long term PPIs can cause problems with calcium and bone metabolism with long term use. There are other side effects of NSAIDs such as heart issues Good luck

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Can an ulcer cause burning achy feeing in right upper abdomen? Prilosec helps

Can an ulcer cause burning achy feeing in right upper abdomen? Prilosec helps

Yes: Fup with a doctor to come up with a long term treatment plan. Do you need to be tested for HPylori? Do you have a bed board? Have you made some lifestyle changes like diet and exercise to curb the ulcer? Have long have you been taking Prilosec? Do you need an EGD? Doctor can helo guide the treatment..

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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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Omeprazole (Definition)

Omeprazole is the generic equivalent of prilosec, the first oral acid-reducer agent of the proton pump inhibitor ...Read more