Atrophic gastritis is long-term (chronic) inflammation of the stomach that results in the breakdown of the stomach lining.
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Gastritis is a painful condition where the lining of your stomach becomes inflamed or damaged from stomach acid. Avoid the following items that may add fuel to this fire.
Grapefruit juice may interfere with the enzymes that break down (metabolize) various drugs in the digestive system ‚It includes certain calcium channel blockers used to lower blood pressure and some statin/cholesterol-lowering drugs. The result can be very high levels of these drugs in your blood. Although metformin is not listed as a drug that has significant interaction with grapefruit, please consider the type and amount of sugar contained in the grapefruit product you buy and drink/eat. Because many juices have a sugar content, that could interfere with your blood sugar levels and may need monitoring. If you have additional questions about how grapefruit may interact with your medicines, please follow up with your doctor or pharmacist.
Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Celexa have been associated with causing stomach and intestinal bleeding - continual and daily use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) like meloxicam along with an SSRI can further increase this bleeding risk. However, one time uses of NSAIDs like meloxicam or ibuprofen to treat a headache or cramps is generally well tolerated.
If you are caring for someone with gastritis, it is helpful to know what triggers their symptoms. Help the person manage their food intake: if fatty, acidic, spicy and fried foods trigger symptoms, they should be avoided. Alcohol intake and smoking may also play a role. Be sure that the person also avoids medications, like aspirin or ibuprofen, that can contribute to gastritis, but takes any medications prescribed to treat it, like antibiotics or anti-acids, as directed. In addition, encourage the person to exercise and obtain a healthy weight. Also, helping the person to manage their stress level should make a difference.
The first step to managing your gastritis is to follow your doctor's instructions. In addition, leading a healthy lifestyle such as eating healthy, maintaining an appropriate weight, exercising, and managing your stress are essential to staying healthy.
Gastritis is caused most often by infection with the H. pylori bacteria, which as much as half of the population of the U.S. may carry. It usually does not cause symptoms. But there are other causes, such as injury, illness (including immune system disorders), viral or fungal infection, use of medications (including aspirin and ibuprofen), alcohol, or cocaine. Avoiding alcohol in excess, not smoking, eating healthy foods do not upset your stomach (spicy, fried, fatty or acidic foods), and changing medications that irritate your stomach may reduce the chance of getting gastritis or having a flare-up of symptoms.
Medications treat gastritis by reducing the acidity of stomach acid so that it is less irritating to your stomach. Some medications also reduce the actual amount of acid produced to help protect your stomach.
You should talk to your doctor about gastritis, especially if your indigestion continues for a week or more. Vomiting blood should be addressed immediately. Diagnosis is usually straightforward and based on your symptoms, and treatment can often alleviate your discomfort. Allowing gastritis to continue untreated may lead to complications.