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Frequently Asled Question

What is an Ulcer?

An Ulcer is caused by a bacteria called Heliobacter pylori, which billions of people are carrying. If a person that carries this bacteria lives a stressful life and eats a lot of spicy food (factors that help the bacteria quickly evolve) then he/she will most likely suffer from one of the many forms of ulcer. Ulcer occurs because this bacteria slowly eats the protective membrane around the lining of the stomach and exposes the sensitive tissue beneath it to the dangerous gastric acids inside the stomach. Therefore, ulcer causes an open wound in the stomach, esophagus or duodenum.

What causes and Ulcer?

Normally, the lining of the stomach and small intestines have protection against the irritating acids produced in you stomach. For a variety of reasons, the protective mechanisms may become faulty, leading to breakdown of the lining. This results in inflammation or an ulcer. The most common cause of such damage is infection of the stomach with bacterium called Helicobacter pylori. In addition, if you have a family history of ulcers or you are blood type O, you are more likely to get a duodenal ulcer. Consult your physician for more information.

What can Happen if You Don’t Treat a Simple Ulcer?

What happens if a person is not aware that ulcer is affecting him/her or if he/she simply leaves the disease untreated? Well an untreated ulcer can turn into a much worse form of ulcer-bleeding ulcer. It’s called bleeding ulcer because loss of blood occurs due to the fact that Heliobactoer pylori keeps eating the tissue until it reaches the blood vessels and blood starts to enter the digestive track.
Someone that has bleeding ulcer will start vomiting blood, have black, loose stools, will start to experience pain in the abdominal area and indigestion will often follow a meal. In extreme cases, if nothing is done about the ulcer it will eventually lead to death, so bleeding ulcer must be treated immediately after it’s discovered or its consequences will be felt in the entire body. Bleeding ulcer is treated through surgery in most cases, but surgery in not required if the illness is detected early. It is hoped that in the near future ulcer and bleeding ulcer treatment will be much easier because of ne medical techniques being researched intensively. This disease affects more and more people each year and this medical condition is becoming alarming.
If you suspect that you have ulcer or bleeding ulcer consult your doctor and ask for his advice as soon as you can. In the early stages both ulcer and bleeding ulcer can be treated successfully without surgery and reducing the possibility of suffering life-threatening complications.

What are the symptoms of an Ulcer?

Although symptoms of a peptic ulcer may be absent or quite vague, most peptic ulcers are associated with abdominal discomfort noted 45-60 minutes after meals or during the night. In the typical case, the pain is described as gnawing, burning, cramp-like, or aching, or as “heartburn”.

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Heartburn, indigestion, belching
  • Chest pain
  • Vomiting blood
  • Bloody or dark tarry stools

Why Pepstat 380 © is an excellent alternative to acid blockers and antacids?

Pepstat 380 contains the ingredient DGL. The proposed mechanism of DGL is that it stimulated and/or accelerates the protective factors, which protect against ulcer formation. This mechanism of action is much different than antacids and drugs like Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, Prevacid, and Prilosec, which work by neutralizing or suppressing gastric acid. One question related to DGL is “Does DGL have any effect on the Heliobacter pylort bacteria?” The answer appears to be yes. DGL is composed of several flavonoids, which have been shown to inhibit H. pylori.

How does Pepstat 380 © compares to Tagamet, Zantac and/or antacids?

Numerous studies over the years have found DGL to be an effective compound. DGL has been shown to be as effective as Tagamet, Zantac, or antacids in both short-term treatment and maintenance therapy of peptic ulcers, but without the side effects. DGL is considered extremely safe. The other drugs listed above can be associated with minor side effects such as constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, insomnia, muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting. Major side effects from these drugs may include confusion and hallucinations ( usually in elderly or critically ill patients); enlargement of the breasts; impotence (usually seen in patients on high doses for prolonged periods); decreased white blood cell counts. Other side effects include irregular heartbeat, impotence, rash, visual changes, allergic reactions, and hepatitis.

Each year about 1 percent of Americans develop peptic ulcers, and overall, up to 10 percent of the population will have a peptic ulcer at some point during their lives. All ages may be affected (including children), although peptic ulcers most often affect those over 30.

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