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Old 01-26-2005, 07:26 AM   #1
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What is the best OTC medication for ulcers?

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Re: What is the best OTC medication for ulcers?

Prilosec. It will stop the acid production that is causing the ulcers. It may take a week or two to work, so you will need to take some Zantac at that time.

Have you seen a doctor? How do you know you have ulcers?

 
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How do you know you have peptic ulcers? I hope you have been diagnosed by a Doctor??

85% of ulcers are caused by H.pylori bacteria. The cure is to get rid of the bacteria. The standard treatment is to take 2 antibiotics and a Proton Pump Inhibitor for 2 weeks.

The other 15% of ulcers are errosion of the stomach lining by stomach acids, and other things like medication.

There is an OTC remedy that is used -- Mastic Gum to kill the H.pylori bacteria. Reducing stomach acid alone with a PPI is very difficult to manage..

You are probably asking because you lack Insurance --Right???

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Re: What is the best OTC medication for ulcers?

Thanks for the responses. I tested negative for H. Pylori.

I went to a digestive specialist and he told me it is probably an ulcer, but he wanted to do an endocopy to be certain. My insurance has a high deductible, so I will have to pay for the procedure. I wanted to try a PPI for few weeks to see if the problem clears up.

If my problem is an ulcer, how long will it take to go away after beginning toPrilosec?

Kevin

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Re: What is the best OTC medication for ulcers?

That depends on how large the ulcer is and how you heal as compared to others. I would try 4-6 weeks. Most claim that an ulcer can clear up in that time. You may have to stay on this drug for awhile longer than that period in order to prevent what caused the ulcer in the first place. You will just have to determine how you feel at that time.

 
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Re: What is the best OTC medication for ulcers?

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Kevin,
How do you know you have peptic ulcers? I hope you have been diagnosed by a Doctor??

85% of ulcers are caused by H.pylori bacteria. The cure is to get rid of the bacteria. The standard treatment is to take 2 antibiotics and a Proton Pump Inhibitor for 2 weeks.

The other 15% of ulcers are errosion of the stomach lining by stomach acids, and other things like medication.

There is an OTC remedy that is used -- Mastic Gum to kill the H.pylori bacteria. Reducing stomach acid alone with a PPI is very difficult to manage..

You are probably asking because you lack Insurance --Right???
What is this Mastic Gum stuff? Would it be wise if diagnosed, to take this instead of antibiotics?

 
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Re: What is the best OTC medication for ulcers?

Mastic Gum is a resin from trees grown in Greece and has been used for stomach problems for hundreds of years. It has been determined to kill H.Pylori bacteria. I have used it for gastritis and it works well along with a probiotic supplement.

The antibiotics that are used for H.pylori bacteria ulcers are very strong and sometimes cause gastritis and yeast/candida problems in sensitive people. And the gastritis as well as yeast infection are very often difficult to get rid of --- sometimes worse than the ulcers.

 
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