There are multiple different medications that a person can take to treat symptoms of ulcer disease. Antacids are the most common over the counter medications that patients take. After Antacids, you can take medications like H2 blockers that help decrease the acid production of the stomach. Very common medications are Proton pump inhibitors that doctors can prescribe in order to, once again, reduce the acidity of the stomach and allow for healing of the lining of the Mucosa. There's multiple different types of coding medications as well that will help coat the lining of the Mucosa and the stomach and the small bowel, in order to allow for healing. So there's def definitely multiple different modalities of treatment. If your ulcer disease is secondary to a bacteria like H. Pylori, then antibiotics will be warranted. The risk for ulcer formation can increase depending on many different conditions and many different medications. A lot of patients that are on Aspirin or non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn, Aleve, any of these kinds of medications can increase your risk of ulceration. One of the most common causes of peptic ulcer disease is H. Pylori. It's a bacteria that's relatively endemic and a majority of patients walking out on the streets can have it. And when you have that bacteria, you run the risk of forming ulcers, which then can bleed as well. Certain types of medications and foods such as caffeine or highly acidic or highly spicy foods, can also lead to damage to the lining of the stomach and the Mucosa and can lead to ulcer formation.
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