A peptic ulcer is a sore in the lining of the stomach, duodenum, or esophagus that is most often caused by either the germ Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen.
Symptoms of Peptic Ulcers Include Pain That:
- Briefly stops if you eat or take antacids
- Comes and goes for several days or weeks
- Lasts for minutes to hours
- Starts between meals or during the night
Other Symptoms May Include:
- Feeling sick to your stomach
- Poor appetite
- Weight loss
If the cause of your ulcer is the H.pylori germ, your treatment may include antibiotics.
If your ulcer is caused by NSAIDS, you and your physician will decide on a treatment plan.