The treatment and management of peptic ulcers involves lifestyle changes, medications, alternative and complementary therapies, and surgery. The goals of treatment include:
Treating excess bleedingPromoting healing of the ulcerRelieving pain and discomfortAvoiding the development of complications such as perforation, obstructionPreventing ulcer recurrence
Treatment may involve the following:
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Last reviewed December 2016 by Daus Mahnke, MD
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