Stomach ulcer refers to open lesions and ulcerations at the level of the stomach. Stomach ulcer is a disorder of the digestive system that occurs due to physiological abnormalities (weak stomach production of bicarbonate, poor integrity of the stomach’s mucosal protective cover, inappropriate mucosal blood flow, in excess production of pepsin and gastric acid) and infection with bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. Although these bacteria are known to be a major cause of stomach ulcer, most doctors neglect this aspect and only prescribe medications for normalizing the stomach’s production of digestive fluids. Even though antacids and other medications commonly used in the treatment for stomach ulcer can keep the disorder under control, they can’t overcome the ulcer completely. It is necessary to follow the treatment of antacids on a regular basis, to prevent the symptoms of this disease from reoccurring again and again.
Statistics indicate that a major portion of the world’s population is diagnosed with stomach ulcer each year and it is estimated that around eight to ten percent of these people are at risk of developing various other forms of ulcer over the years. In the United States there are approximately half a million annual cases of stomach ulcer. The disorder has the highest rate of incidence among males, and it predominantly affects people with ages over 45.
Stomach ulcer is considered to be a serious disorder. In the absence of proper medical treatment, stomach ulcer can lead to further complications such as stomach perforation and internal bleeding. There are many forms of treatment for stomach ulcer at present. However, the only drawback with most of these medications is that they only provide temporary symptomatic relief, allowing the disorder to reoccur soon after completing the prescribed medical treatment.
Since the underlying cause of stomach ulcer is infection with Helicobacter pylori, people with the disorder should also receive a medical treatment with antibiotics. Research results indicate that people with stomach ulcer who have been prescribed a course of antibiotics such as amoxicillin or penicillin have experienced a considerable amelioration of their ulcer. In addition, most people with stomach ulcer who have followed treatments with antibiotics have been permanently cured. Unlike antacids, antibiotics can provide long-term effects for people affected by stomach ulcer, thus minimizing the chances of relapse.
One of the most common medications used in the treatment for stomach ulcer is Tagamet. This ulcer drug acts by reducing the levels of gastric acid and pepsin inside the stomach. The problem with Tagamet and other antacids is that they only provide short-term relief. Most people affected by stomach ulcer experience a relapse of the disorder soon after interrupting the treatment with Tagamet.
For treating stomach ulcer effectively, it is necessary to undergo a two-week course of amoxicillin for overcoming the infection caused due to Helicobacter pylori. A perfect plan of treatment supported with antacids and antibiotic drugs can successfully cure stomach ulcers, minimizing the chances of relapse.