Gastritis Treatment

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Fri, 04/26/2013
Gastritis Treatment

Gastritis treatment begins with proper healthy individualized gastritis diet and by gastritis medication to lessen symptoms and relive condition.

Gastritis Diet

The gastritis diet should incorporate nutritious foods that can digest easily. There is no specific diet plan that is suitable for all patients with gastritis.

  • Emphasis is on a nutritious, balanced and easily digestible diet.
  • Eating too frequent food can secrete excess stomach acid and could worsen your gastritis symptoms.
  • You should stick with regular meal timings.
  • Milk and dairy can increase stomach acid production and hence limit it within three servings of dairy per day.
  • Low-fat foods are easy to digest and beneficial for those with gastritis.
  • Fiber foods help regulate bowel movements and aid healthy digestion.
  • Avoid flatulence-causing foods such as broccoli, cabbage and onions.
  • Limit foods that are causing heartburn such as citrus fruits and tomatoes.

It is necessary in every patient with gastritis to be aware of the foods that aggravate their symptoms. This helps you to manage your condition effectively.

Gastritis Medications

Gastritis treatment with suitable gastritis medication depends on the specific cause. Some of the causes will disappear over time.
Stop aspirin or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or other medicines that may cause gastritis.

Treatment options for gastritis are the medications to lower the amount of stomach acids such as

  • Over the counter antacids are available in liquid or tablet form, which works by neutralizing the stomach acid and can provide fast pain relief.
  • H2 antagonists such as famotidine (Pepsid), cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), and nizatidine (Axid) works by lowering the production of stomach acid.
  • Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) include omeprazole (Prilosec), esomeprazole (Nexium), iansoprazole (Prevacid), rabeprazole (AcipHex), and pantoprazole (Protonix) works by stopping the production of stomach acid.
  • Cytoprotective agents can help protect the tissues that line the stomach and small intestine. They include the medications’ sucralfate and misoprostol. Another cytoprotective agent is bismuth subsalicylate. In addition to protecting the lining of stomach and intestines, bismuth preparations appear to inhibit H. pylori activity as well.
  • Several regimens are available to treat H. pylori infection. Mostly, a combination of two antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor is effective. The antibiotic help destroys the bacteria, and the acid neutralizer, blocker or inhibitor relieves pain and nausea, heal’s inflammation, and may support the antibiotic's effectiveness.