An ulcer is a general term used to refer to breaks or lesions in different parts of the body. Usually, though, when people use the term, they are referring to peptic ulcers - those that are found in an area of the digestive tract. Peptic ulcers can be found in the duodenum and the stomach. Since this part of the body is very acidic, the presence of ulcers can be very painful.
The main cause of ulcers is the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. This bacteria can be found in the stomach, and medication is necessary to kill the bacteria and to allow the wound to heal. Ulcer remedies usually combine different kinds of medication that will initially deal with the bacteria. Other medication to deal with the acidity is also prescribed.
The antibiotic that a patient suffering from ulcer uses depends on the doctor, but there are some commonly used ones: amoxicillin, metronidazole, and clarithromycin. In some cases, the doctor may even utilize more than one antibiotic at a time, depending on the severity of the condition and the response of the patient.
In addition to the antibiotics, the doctor will prescribe medication to lower the acid levels. This could either be proton pump inhibitors or acid blockers. The former acts by stops the release of acid into the stomach and is usually taken once a day. Some proton pump inhibitors are available over the counter while others need a prescription.
More than merely following a medical regimen to treat ulcers, patients have to examine their lifestyle and implement necessary changes. Certain food items and drinks will have to be avoided, for example.