are a number of treatment options to treat ulcers in the stomach. The common
ones are as follows:
- Antibiotics. If your ulcer is
caused by H-pylori infection, your doctor will usually prescribe at least two
types of antibiotics to heal the infection more effectively.
- Medications to reduce /block
stomach acid and protect your stomach lining – such as proton pump inhibitors,
histamine H-2 acid blockers, and cytoprotective agents. The open sore in the
stomach lining can get worse or take longer to heal if your stomach acid level
is higher than normal.
- If your ulcer has to do with overuse
of NSAIDs, you need to use caution with them. It’s much better to avoid them
(if possible) or use them at lowest dose possible. If necessary, ask your
doctor for alternative pain killer that is safe for your stomach lining.
lifestyle measures may also help, including diet to help keep stomach acid in
combination of treatment options mentioned above is often successful, resulting
in complete healing.
mentioned earlier, ulcers that don’t go away with treatment can be caused by a
number of reasons. Some of the most possible ones are as follows:
- If treatment doesn’t work
properly or you don’t take them as directed. For example, if you don’t take the
entire course of the antibiotics (you stop taking them early), you would have antibiotic
resistance and your H-pylori infection doesn’t heal.
- During treatment, you continue
regularly taking NSAIDs or medications containing NSAID ingredients.
- If you’re a smoker and you
continue smoking. It’s so recommended to stop smoking at least until the ulcer
is completely cured.
often, refractory ulcers might be caused by an infectious cause other than
H-pylori, stomach cancer, or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (a disorder that causes
extreme stomach acid production).