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West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

Treatments for Peptic Ulcer Disease

The treatment and management of peptic ulcers involves lifestyle changes, medications, alternative and complementary therapies, and surgery. The goals of treatment include:

  • Elimination of Helicobacter pylori infection if present
  • Treating excess bleeding
  • Promoting healing of the ulcer
  • Relieving pain and discomfort
  • Avoiding the development of complications such as perforation, obstruction
  • Preventing ulcer recurrence

Treatment may involve the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsAlternative and complementary therapiesSurgery

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: Daus Mahnke, MD
  • Review Date: 06/2016 -
  • Update Date: 05/20/2015 -
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  • Understanding peptic ulcer disease. American Gastroenterological Association website. Available at: Accessed April 29, 2013.