For many years ulcers have been treated by decreasing the amount of acid in the stomach using either surgery or medicines taken for life
Nowadays, for ulcers due to Helicobacter, treatment with antibiotics can kill the infection, cure the ulcers, and, in most cases, stop them coming back.
The treatment involves 3 or 4 different medicines taken for 1 to 2 weeks. Some pre-made packs containing all the necessary medicines are now available. Your doctor can advise you of the best treatment for your case.
Proving you have ulcers and the infection can be accomplished by a single test called a gastroscopy or endoscopy. This involves looking into the stomach with a thin flexible stomach passed through the mouth, and is usually quite safe and simple.
If you think you might have an ulcer talk to your doctor about finding and treating it.
Created 28 July 1997
Updated 14 May 2010