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What do I need to know about caring for someone with peptic ulcers?

Once a person has been diagnosed with peptic ulcers, it is important that they take medications according to their doctor's orders. Antibiotics in particular need to be taken for the full course in order to be effective. Be aware that even over-the-counter antacids have drug interactions, so make sure your loved one's doctor knows all the medicines the patient is currently taking. Using NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, will slow or stop healing. So again, make sure the doctor knows what medications the patient uses regularly. Although they are not a direct cause of ulcers, tobacco, alcohol, and stress can make ulcer pain worse.

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