WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Gastritis is inflammation of the lining of your stomach. The stomach lining helps prevent acids from damaging your stomach.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
Manage your gastritis:
- Avoid NSAIDs: They can irritate your stomach. It may help to take them with food, but you may not be able to take NSAIDs at all.
- Avoid alcohol: Alcohol can make your gastritis worse. Talk to your primary healthcare provider if you need help to stop drinking.
- Do not eat foods that bother your stomach: Avoid spicy foods. Do not eat right before you go to sleep.
- Antacids: These medicines help decrease stomach acid. You may need a doctor's order for these medicines.
- Antibiotics: This medicine helps treat an infection caused by bacteria.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or gastroenterologist within 2 to 5 days:
You may need to return for another bowel movement test. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits
Contact your primary healthcare provider or gastroenterologist if:
- You have a fever.
- Your signs and symptoms do not improve with treatment.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have severe stomach or back pain.
- You vomit blood.
- You have black or bloody bowel movements.
- You develop chest pain or shortness of breath.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.