What increases my risk for refractory ulcers?

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While some ulcers become refractory because of biological causes - such as stomach cancer or bacteria other than H. pylori - others become refractory because of individuals' lifestyle choices. For instance, frequent smoking and alcohol use can make developing a refractory ulcer easier. In addition, people who do not take their ulcer medications as prescribed are likely to develop a refractory ulcer. Finally, using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs often can increase your risk of developing refractory ulcers. If you have been diagnosed with an ulcer, you can lower your risk of the ulcer becoming refractory by following the lifestyle guidelines given to you by your doctor.

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