How can I prevent ulcers?
- If you smoke, quit. People who smoke are twice as likely to develop ulcers. Ulcers also heal more slowly in people who smoke.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol.
- If you have symptoms of an ulcer, contact your doctor.
- Don't overuse NSAIDs.
Am I at a greater risk for an ulcer if I take NSAIDs regularly?
The risk of an ulcer is related to the dose of the NSAID (meaning the more you take, the greater the risk). The risk increases with:
- Age (more likely over age 60)
- Gender (occurs more often in women than men)
- Use of corticosteroids (such as those taken for asthma or lupus) and NSAIDs together
- The length of time you have been taking NSAIDs
- A history of ulcer disease