Medications. Usually can be treated with medications unless they are bleeding when an upper endoscope (egd) can help.
PPIs. The most common treatment for stomach ulcers is a proton pump inhibitor (ex. Omeprazole) they prevent your stomach from making too much acid, allowing your ulcer to heal. Some ulcers are caused by a bacteria and will need to be treated with antibiotics along with the ppi. Make an appointment with your doctor to determine the source of the ulcer and what treatment is best for you.
Antiantacids. Try over the counter Prevacid (lansoprazole) or similar. If no improvempt in 2-3 weeks see gastroenterologist.
See your doctor. Your doctor can test you for H. Pylori. This is a bacteria found to be responsible for peptic ulcer disease. If positive, medication can be prescribed by your doctor. After you are examined and a careful history obtained, your doctor may order additional tests. See your doctor to be properly diagnosed and treated. Best wishes!
Prilosec type. There are prescription strength ppi's but that is not necessarily the only treatment.
Endo or RX. Either endoscopically treated with medications or medications alone.
How would be a patient taking Plavix (clopidogrel) treated if he/she got a stomach ulcer? Would Plavix (clopidogrel) be quitted/changed with something else?
Plavix (clopidogrel) stopped. Yes, Plavix (clopidogrel) would be discontinued in this situation. Unfortunately it is really not safer than aspirin when it comes to risk for bleeding from ulcers. In this situation all factors would be considered: reason/need for anti-coagulation, how strong is it, etc. Options would include no anti-coagulation, low or intermediate dose aspirin, self-administered shots/heparin, or warfarin/Coumadin.