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Gastritis is inflammation or irritation of the stomach which can be attributed to many different causes. The mainstay of the disease is abdominal discomfort in the epigastrium. Treatment depends on the cause, most aiming at reducing symptoms and treating the underlying cause. If gastritis is caused by NSAID overuse or alcohol abuse, it is recommended for the patient to stop taking the offending agent. H. pylori, a bacteria, causes chronic gastritis, and can be eradicated by taking antibiotics. Taking medications that block acid production, such as proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Nexium) will help aid in the healing of the inflammation. H2 blockers (Zantac, Tagamet) reduce the production of acid and will aid in the reduction of pain and help the healing process. Finally, antacids help increase the pH of the stomach, neutralizing the acid in the stomach, rapidly decreasing the pain.
Treatment for gastritis usually involves taking drugs to reduce stomach acid, which relieves the symptoms, and promotes healing. Avoidance of certain foods, beverages, or medicines may also be recommended.
If your gastritis is caused by an infection, that problem may be treated as well. For example, the doctor might prescribe antibiotics to clear up H. Pylori infection. Once the underlying problem disappears, the gastritis usually does too. Talk to your doctor before stopping any medicine or starting any gastritis treatment on your own.
This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
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