NSAID Associated Gastric Ulcers

NSAID Associated Gastric Ulcers

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to reduce pain, fever, and inflammation in individuals suffering from a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, these drugs are associated with an increased risk of developing stomach ulcers. NSAID associated gastric ulcers represent a significant health risk for those taking these medications.

NSAID associated gastric ulcers can cause significant pain and discomfort, as well as serious health complications if left untreated. Those at a higher risk for developing stomach ulcers include those taking high doses of NSAIDs, taking multiple NSAIDs at the same time, or taking them for long periods of time.

NSAID associated gastric ulcers can be identified by symptoms including:

  • Pain in the abdomen and esophagus
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Visible lesions in the mouth
  • Bloody stools

The best way to prevent NSAID associated gastric ulcers is to avoid NSAIDs when possible, or take them at the lowest dose and for the shortest amount of time. If you do need to take an NSAID, talk to your doctor about taking medication to reduce the stomach acid in your stomach, or to coat your stomach to protect it from the effects of the NSAID. Follow any instructions your doctor gives you carefully to lower your risk of developing an ulcer.