10 Things You Should Know About Peptic Ulcers & NSAIDS
By Tammy von Yeast
1. Peptic ulcers are open sores or sores found that can develop in the stomach, esophagus, or duodenum (the beginning of your small intestines). These sores can be caused by long-term use of NSAIDS (nonsteriodal anti-flammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen. Another cause of these ulcers are by a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori.
2. Contrary to popular belief, spicy foods, coffee, and stress are not the cause of peptic ulcers, but may make you more susceptible to damage from NSAIDs.
3. Smoking and drinking alcohol can worsen your ulcer symptoms.
4. People who take nonsteriodal anti-flammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for chronic pain such as arthritis or fibromyalgia are five times more likely to develop peptic ulcers.
5. Heavy alcohol use can cause damage to the wall of the stomach or duodenum, resulting in peptic ulcers.
6. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) block prostaglandins, substances in the stomach that help maintain blood flow and protect the area from injury. Some people are more susceptible to this side effect of NSAIDs than others. These drugs include ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and ketoprofen (OrudisKT), as well as prescription drugs. Some may be more likely to produce ulcers than others.
7. Antacids may treat the heartburn or indigestion but will not cure the ulcer.
8. Antacids may block the NSAIDs from being absorbed and may decrease the medications effectiveness.
9. Ulcers are usually a dull or burning pain felt anywhere between the naval and the breastbone, that can come and go for several days or weeks. Bloating, nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, and weight loss are other symptoms that may exist.
10. Your doctor can prescribe acid reducing medications to help protect the stomach, esophagus, and duodenum and promote healing of the sores. Changing of your NSAIDs or lower dosages may be necessary.