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Peptic ulcers are sores on the inside of the stomach. Or they may be on the inside of the small intestine (such as a duodenal ulcer). They are most often caused by an infection with bacteria or from use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), and naproxen (Aleve).
Your doctor may have prescribed medicine to reduce stomach acid. You also may need to take antibiotics if your peptic ulcers are caused by an infection. You can help yourself heal and keep ulcers from coming back. You can do this by making some changes in your lifestyle. Quit smoking. Limit alcohol.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
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