Take antacids or acid reducers to relieve your symptoms of
Antacids (such Tums) reduce the amount of acid in your
Acid reducers (such as Pepcid) reduce the amount of acid your stomach
Reducing the amount of acid in your stomach helps your ulcer heal.
If you are taking one of these medicines to help your symptoms for more than 10 to 14 days at a time, or if your symptoms are very bad, call your doctor.
If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor or pharmacist
before choosing an antacid. Some antacids have a high salt (sodium)
Be careful when you take over-the-counter antacid medicines. Many of these medicines have aspirin in them. Read
the label to make sure that you are not taking more than the recommended dose. Too much aspirin can be harmful.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology