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By Dr. Christopher Cutler Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications used to treat acid-peptic disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, and peptic ulcer disease. There are several PPIs on the market including Prilosec (omeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), Aciphex (rabeprazole), Protonix (pantoprazole), Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), and Zegerid (omeprazole and sodium bicarbonate). While PPIs overall are […]

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The two most common causes of stomach and duodenal ulcers are a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) and the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), which include aspirin.  Today I will discuss the use of NSAIDs and how to protect your stomach from their harmful effects. NSAIDs are medications used to relieve pain and […]

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For years, people have believed that stress caused ulcers. While stress does contribute to a number of gastrointestinal issues (i.e., Irritable Bowel Syndrome), it is not the cause of ulcers. There are two main causes of ulcers: (1) Medications, primarily non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which includes both over-the-counter and prescription medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, […]

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