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Gastritis (cont.)

Gastritis Treatment

Once the diagnosis of gastritis has been confirmed by a medical professional, treatment can begin. The choice of treatment depends to some extent on the cause of the gastritis. Some treatments target the exact cause of a particular type of gastritis. Most treatments aim at reducing stomach acid and symptoms. The patient's stomach often will heal over time if the underlying cause is identified and corrected.

Gastritis Self-Care at Home and Home Remedies

If a person knows what causes their gastritis, the simplest approach is to avoid the cause.


  • Aspirin and alcohol are the two most widely used substances that cause gastritis.
  • Alcohol should be avoided if the person develops an upset stomach and nausea after drinking alcohol.

Medications to Avoid

Sometimes a person cannot avoid certain substances that cause gastritis.

  • The health-care professional may have a good reason to recommend aspirin, iron, potassium, or some other medication that causes gastritis.
  • If the person develops minor gastritis symptoms, it may be best to continue the recommended medication and treat the gastritis symptoms.
  • Consult a health-care professional before stopping any medication.

In the case of aspirin, coated aspirin may not cause the same symptoms because:

  • Coated aspirin does not dissolve in the stomach.
  • Check the contents of any other over-the-counter medication the patient is taking because more than 300 medications contain aspirin in some form.
  • If a person develops an upset stomach and nausea after drinking alcohol or using aspirin, these substances should be avoided.
  • Consult a health-care professional before stopping any medication.

The health-care professional may recommend that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin) be taken with food or with antacids. Doing this may lessen the chance of developing gastritis symptoms.

Switching from aspirin or NSAIDs to another pain reliever may help as well. Acetaminophen (Liquiprin, Tylenol, Panadol) is not known to cause gastritis.

  • Talk with a health-care professional before switching to acetaminophen.
  • He or she may have recommended aspirin or an NSAID for a specific purpose.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/28/2015
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