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What over the counter medications can be taken for gastritis?

Updated July 19, 2017

Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining that allows stomach acid to damage the lining. Some cases of gastritis are caused by bacteria and require prescription antibiotic treatment, whereas other cases can be treated with over-the-counter medications.

Pain relievers

According to the Mayo Clinic, gastritis can be caused by the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, naproxen or ibuprofen to relieve pain. Regular users of these drugs can reduce the effects of gastritis by switching to a non-prescription pain reliever that contains acetaminophen.

Antacids

Gastritis pain can be relieved by taking an over-the-counter antacid such as Mylanta or Maalox, which neutralises stomach acid.

Acid blockers

Acid-blocker medications such as Zantac, Tagamet and Pepcid are available without a prescription and can reduce the amount of acid that is produced by the stomach.

Proton-pump inhibitors

Proton-pump inhibitor medicines block the acid secretion of tiny pumps in the stomach. Prilosec OTC and Prevacid 24 Hour are proton-pump inhibitors that can be purchased over the counter.

Bismuth

Bismuth is sold under the Pepto Bismol brand name and can help relieve gastritis discomfort.

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