Peptic Ulcer Disease
You can greatly reduce the chance that you will get a peptic ulcer if you:
- Don't smoke. Smokers are much more likely than nonsmokers to get ulcers. For ways to quit smoking, see the topic Reference Quitting Smoking.
- Avoid NSAIDs. Avoid taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and other Reference nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for longer than a few days at a time. If you are taking one of these medicines daily, for example taking aspirin for heart problems, ask your doctor about taking medicine to help protect your stomach and intestines from ulcers.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation. Limit alcohol to 2 drinks a day for men and 1 drink a day for women.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 4, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology