Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Ulcer Peptic Treatment

Treatment for peptic ulcer disease usually includes antacids, antibiotics, and medications that block the production of stomach acid. Rarely, severe peptic ulcer disease may require surgery.

In most cases, PUD can be successfully treated over 2 weeks using triple therapy:

Treatment options for peptic ulcer disease include:

For more information:

Ulcer Peptic Drugs

Treatment for peptic ulcer disease usually requires killing the Helicobacter pylori bacteria in the stomach. This is accomplished by taking a combination of antibiotics and acid-blocking drugs. The antibiotics must be taken for 14 days. The acid-blocking medication is usually taken for at least 4 weeks. Your doctor will determine which of the following combinations is best for you.

One of the following antibiotic combination options:

One of the following acid-blocking medication options:

The most commonly prescribed combination of medication used to treat peptic ulcer disease includes:

If one of the above treatment combinations fails, quadruple drug therapy may be used to treat peptic ulcer disease:

Ulcer Peptic Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of peptic ulcer disease.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for peptic ulcer disease complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Ulcer Peptic Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat peptic ulcer disease:

Ulcer Peptic Surgery

Surgery may be required for peptic ulcer disease in the following cases:

  • The ulcer forms a hole through the wall of the stomach or intestine
  • The ulcer causes bleeding
  • The ulcer obstructs the movement of food through the intestine

Surgery for peptic ulcer disease includes:
  • Gastrectomy:
    • Removal of a portion of the stomach
  • Vagotomy:
    • Cutting the nerves that supply the stomach
  • Pyloroplasty:
    • Surgery on the lower portion of the stomach, near the first part of the small intestine
    • Generally combined with vagotomy

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Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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