See your health care provider if your symptoms are new, long-lasting, or worsening despite self-care.
Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms. Your decision to call 911 or to seek medical care will be based on your judgment of how sick you feel.
If you know what causes your gastritis, the simplest way to avoid the disease is to avoid the cause.
Sometimes you cannot avoid certain substances that cause gastritis.
In the case of aspirin, coated aspirin may not cause the same symptoms.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) also cause gastritis.
Switching from aspirin or NSAIDs to another pain reliever may help as well. Acetaminophen (Liquiprin, Tylenol, Panadol) is not known to cause gastritis.
If gastritis symptoms continue, antacids are sometimes recommended. Three main types of antacids are available. All 3 are about equal in effectiveness.
Histamine (H2) blockers have received a lot of attention for stomach problems.
Stronger medication that protect the stomach's lining or lessen acid production in the stomach are available by prescription. Talk to your health care provider if the nonprescription medication do not work for you.
In general, follow-up care for gastritis is very straightforward.
The mainstay of gastritis prevention is to avoid those things that irritate or inflame your stomach's lining.
If your health care provider has prescribed a medication that you think is causing gastritis symptoms, talk to him or her before you stop taking the medication. The medication may be very important for your health.
Most people recover from gastritis . Depending on the many factors that affect your stomach lining, gastritis symptoms may flare up from time to time. Overall, gastritis is generally a common, mildly troubling ailment that responds well to simple treatments.
On occasion, rare forms of gastritis can be serious or even life threatening. Severe, ongoing symptoms or internal bleeding should alert your health care provider to search for a more serious underlying cause.
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