• Living With Peptic Ulcers & H.pylori

    Managing Your Symptoms

    There are no dietary changes that help ulcers heal and although there is no evidence that caffeine and alcohol cause ulcers, they are gastric irritants ingesting them in moderation may be helpful.

    Smoking can lead to ulcers.

    There are certain medications that can be very irritating to the stomach and can cause ulcers. If you have had a medication-induced ulcer before, it is important to avoid aspirin (ASA), Plavix and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs if possible. If you have to take these medications then you should also take a medication called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to try and prevent a drug induced ulcer.

    Treatment Options

    Acid-suppressing drugs can heal ulcers, however, if H. pylori is still present, the pain and risks associated with ulcers will come back. Therefore, the best treatment must involve getting rid of the infection as well.

    An effective vaccine to prevent H. pylori infection in humans is not available. Researchers are actively working on the development of such a vaccine.

    In the past, the recommended treatment involved a combination of two antibiotics and an acid-suppressing drug, called a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI), to be taken for ten days.  However, over the years, H. pylori infections have become increasingly difficult to treat.  As a result, new recommendations for treatment have recently been introduced which involved changes to the strength and length of time medication is to be taken.  The new recommendations include the addition of a third antibiotic along with the PPI and that these are to be taken for 14 days. If you have been diagnosed with a peptic ulcer, ask your doctor about the new recommendations.  A comparison of treatment is outlined below. 


Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health