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Doctor, I am having mild duodenal ulcer for the past three to four years and i have had two endoscopy tests done in the begining of the diagnosis before four years and one recently before 5 months. The consultant whom i was checking with is a proffessor in SRMC and she adviced to take Lanzoprozole for some time. I have come to US for the past 5 months and i am using the same medicine till now and i have no problems as i do not eat spicy food. My worry is that whether i can continue using these OTC medicine regularly. If i stop, i get to have IBS. Please suggest what is the best course of action i should take for not complicating my problem. I do not have BP or Diabetes till now.
Thanking you , with regards.


Answered by : dr.sunilshroff on Fri, 29 Jan 2010

With regard to your treatment I would like you to understand the following facts:
1.The doctor having diagnosed duodenal ulcer with the help of endoscopy has started you on lanzoprozole to heal the ulcer
2.Having started the therapy the best course would have been for you to recheck if the ulcer has healed with endoscopy after about 6 weeks of therapy.
3.you could have supported the therapy with life style modifications to prevent recurrent ulcer formation like having small frequent meals, avoiding spicy food, and exercising regularly to relax and to cope with stress.
4. Having used for 5 months you could stop the drug now.
5. You have mentioned about IBS, do you suffer from Irritable bowel syndrome, where the symptoms are alternating loose stools and constipation.
If you let me know of your exact symptoms now I could help you further.


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