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Gastritis (cont.)

Foods to Avoid with Gastritis (Gastritis Diet)

Changes to your diet can also help improve your symptoms. Common avoidable triggers of gastritis symptoms include:

  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee and other beverages and drinks that contain caffeine (for example, colas and teas)
  • Fatty foods
  • Fried foods

Several small meals a day also can help gastritis symptoms.

(See the "Causes" for a more complete list.)

Medications to Avoid with Gastritis

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.
  • Consult the health-care professional before stopping any medication you have been prescribed.

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 (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.

When to Seek Medical Care for Gastritis

See your health-care professional if your symptoms are new, long-lasting, or worsen despite self-care.

Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms.

  • Vomiting that does not allow the affected person to take food, fluids, and medications
  • Fever with abdominal pain
  • Fainting or feeling faint
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Unexplained sweating
  • Pallor
  • Repeated vomiting of green or yellow material
  • Vomiting any amount of blood
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
Last Reviewed 11/20/2017

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