Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
In this Article
- Gastritis facts
- What is gastritis?
- What causes gastritis?
- What are the symptoms of gastritis?
- How is gastritis diagnosed?
- What OTC and prescription medications treat gastritis?
- What home remedies are available to treat gastritis?
- What foods reduce stop H. pylori growth and or soothe gastritis symptoms?
- What foods aggravate gastritis symptoms?
- What are the complications of gastritis?
- What is the prognosis of gastritis?
- How is gastritis prevented?
- Find a local Gastroenterologist in your town
What OTC and prescription medications treat gastritis?
Treating the underlying cause of gastritis is the most effective way to reduce or resolve gastritis. For example, if the cause of gastritis is H. pylori, then treatment with appropriate antibiotics (usually a combination of amoxicillin and clarithromycin [Biaxin, Biaxin XL] plus bismuth subsalicylate [Pepto-Bismol]) ]) should be effective.
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If NSAIDs are the cause, then stopping the drug should be effective.
Other treatments often are used in addition to those that treat the specific cause. These treatments (many of which are over-the-counter or OTC) may reduce or stop symptoms of gastritis and allow gastric mucosal healing to begin regardless of the underlying cause. These medications include
- antacids (Maalox , Rolaids, and Alka-Seltzer),
- histamine (H2) blockers (famotidine [Pepcid AC], ranitidine [Zantac 75]), and
- PPI's or proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole [Prilosec], pantoprazole [Protonix], esomeprazole [Nexium]).
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They all function by different mechanisms to reduce acid in the stomach but usually do not treat the underlying cause of gastritis.
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