WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- A peptic ulcer is an open sore in the lining of your stomach or duodenum (du-o-de-num). The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine that is connected to your stomach. Sometimes, a peptic ulcer may also be seen in the esophagus (e-sof-ah-gus). Peptic ulcers are often caused by a bacteria (germ) in the stomach called Helicobacter (hel-i-ko-bak-ter) pylori or H. pylori. Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, and certain foods and medicines may cause a peptic ulcer.
- The most common symptom of peptic ulcer is burning pain in the upper abdomen (stomach). The pain occurs hours after a meal or when you are hungry. This may be relieved by eating or taking antacid medicines. An endoscopy, upper GI x-ray, or urea breath test may be needed to diagnose a peptic ulcer. Treatment usually includes antibiotic, antacid, or antiulcer medicines.
- Keep a current list of your medicines: Include the amounts, and when, how, and why you take them. Take the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists. Use vitamins, herbs, or food supplements only as directed.
- Take your medicine as directed: Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not working as expected. Tell him about any medicine allergies, and if you want to quit taking or change your medicine. Do not take any medicine that has aspirin or ibuprofen in it. Ask your caregiver before taking any medicine you buy at the store.
Ask for information about where and when to go for follow-up visits:
For continuing care, treatments, or home services, ask for more information.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine. Caffeine may be found in some coffees, teas, and sodas. It is also found in chocolates.
- Do not drink carbonated (fizzy) drinks or alcoholic drinks. Alcohol is found in beer, wine, liquor (such as vodka or whiskey), and other adult drinks.
- Do not eat foods that upset your stomach. Do not eat spicy or acidic foods, such as oranges.
- Eat several small meals at regular times. This keeps your stomach from being empty too long. Missing meals and eating irregularly may make your symptoms worse.
CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:
- You have a fever.
- You have diarrhea (loose bowel movements) or constipation (hard bowel movements) that may be caused by antacids.
- Your stomach pain does not go away or gets worse after taking your medicine.
- You have questions or concerns about your peptic ulcer, care, or medicine.
SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:
- You have a fast heart beat, fast breathing, or are too dizzy or weak to stand up.
- You have severe pain in your stomach.
- Your vomit (throw up) looks like coffee grounds or has blood in it.
- Your bowel movements are bloody or a black color.
- You have trouble breathing all of a sudden.
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