Antibiotics for Ulcers
Do you battle stomach pain? You may be wondering if you have an ulcer. What are the symptoms of an ulcer? What causes ulcers? Can you use antibiotics for ulcers? Here are some facts about ulcers.Book an Appointment
What is an Ulcer?
A peptic ulcer is an open sore that affects either the stomach (called a gastric ulcer) or the upper portion of your small intestine (called a duodenal ulcer).
Your stomach ordinarily has a layer of mucus protecting it from stomach acid. If that mucus becomes reduced, the acid can eat holes and cause sores in your stomach or small intestine.
Causes of Ulcers
Contrary to popular belief, ulcers are not caused by stress or spicy foods, although those things can make existing ulcers feel worse. The main causes of ulcers are:
Helicobacter pylori bacteria. This bacteria can cause inflammation of the stomach lining, which leads to an ulcer. Scientists aren’t quite sure how H. pylori spreads; it may be through close contact, like kissing, or through food and water.
Regular use of NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These drugs include ibuprofen (Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve).
Combining NSAIDs with other medications. Certain medications increase your risk of developing an ulcer if combined with NSAIDs. These medications include steroids, anticoagulants, low-dose aspirin, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), alendronate (Fosamax), and risedronate (Actonel).
Symptoms of Ulcers
Symptoms of ulcers include:
Stomach pain that is dull or burns
Feeling of fullness, bloating, belching
Not wanting to eat due to pain
Intolerance to fatty foods
Heartburn or acid reflux
Anemia (symptoms can include tiredness, shortness of breath, or paler skin)
Vomiting, sometimes with blood, which may look red or black
Black, tarry stools or dark blood in stool
Unexpected weight loss
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Without treatment, ulcers can result in complications like:
Obstruction of the GI tract
Treatment for Ulcers
Treatment for ulcers depends on what is causing the ulcer and how severe it is. Treatment may include:
Antibiotics for ulcers caused by the H. pylori bacteria
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) which prevent stomach cells from producing acid
Probiotics useful bacteria that may have a role in killing off H. pylori
Stopping NSAID use
Surgery for severe ulcers that won’t heal
Healthy diet including plenty of fruits, vegetable, and fiber
Stop smoking since smoking increases stomach acid
Limit alcohol intake because alcohol can erode the mucous lining of your stomach and intestines
Antibiotics for Ulcers
Antibiotics are useful for ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria. Examples of antibiotics for ulcers include:
Tetracycline (Tetracycline HCL)
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Mayo Clinic. Ulcer Symptoms. Accessed January 28, 2021 at https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peptic-ulcer/symptoms-causes/syc-20354223
NIH. Symptoms & Causes of Peptic Ulcers. Accessed January 28, 2021 at https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/peptic-ulcers-stomach-ulcers/symptoms-causes
Cleveland Clinic. Peptic Ulcer Disease. Accessed January 28, 2021 at https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/10350-peptic-ulcer-disease