Ulcer - peptic; Ulcer - duodenal; Ulcer - gastric; Duodenal ulcer; Gastric ulcer; Dyspepsia - ulcers
Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and other NSAIDs. Try acetaminophen instead. If you must take such medicines, talk to your doctor first. Your doctor may:
- Test you for H. pylori first
- Have you take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) or an acid blocker
- Have you take a drug called Misoprostol
The following lifestyle changes may help prevent peptic ulcers:
- Do not smoke or chew tobacco.
- Limit alcohol to no more than two drinks per day.
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