I have been taking 2-3 Ibuprofen daily for a few months now due to lower back pain and headaches. I want to try as much as possible to reduce the risk of stomach ulcers. My Dr prescribed me Meloxicam. Would this be easier on the stomach than the Ibuprofen? Thanks.
Both medications are nonsteroidal anti inflammatories that can be hard on the stomach. The Meloxicam will probably work better than the ibuprophen and as long as you take with food you should be fine.
Taking NSAIDS with food doesn't totally negate the ulcer effect. So keep watch for any stomach pain or dark stool if taking them on a regular basis.
I'm sorry that you are experiencing pain. I have had problems with ulcer's in the past, and I need to not take NSAIDS as they can cause bleeding. I wonder if your doctor might approve of your taking Tylenol in a sufficient amount to help with your pain. The maximum amount to safely take of Tylenol is 4 grams (please consider all other Tylenol that you may take for a total of 4 grams or less. If you have liver problems, this isn't well to take). I am not sure if there is a Tylenol w/caffeine (the caffeine can help as well). When I had the ulcer, I also took Prilosec for a time until I was feeling much better. If I have a little burning in my throat or upset stomach now (usually from eating something with too much spice or is acidic, I take a couple of Rolaid's). Also, you might check on foods that are the most acidic, and avoid these. I hope your doctor will guide you to the best therapy, and I pray you will be feeling much better soon. CEL
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