Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Gastritis

Gastritis is a general term for a group of conditions which are all characterized by inflammation of the stomach lining.

Gastritis is a general term for a group of conditions which are all characterized by inflammation of the stomach lining.

Insight:

  • The inflammation associated with gastritis is most often the result of infection with the same bacterium that causes most stomach ulcers.
  • Regular use of certain pain relievers and drinking too much alcohol can also contribute to gastritis.
  • Gastritis may occur suddenly (acute gastritis), or it may appear slowly over time (chronic gastritis).
  • In some cases, gastritis can lead to ulcers and an increased risk of stomach cancer.
  • Symptoms may include burning pain, vomiting, nausea, and a feeling of fullness.
  • Risk factors may include bacterial infections, regular use of pain relievers, older age, excessive alcohol use, and stress.
  • Diagnosis of gastritis includes testing for H. Pylori, endoscopy, and X-ray of the digestive tract.
  • Treatment includes medications to treat and kill H. Pylori, such as Clarithromycin; medications to block stomach acid, such as omeprazole; medications to reduce acid production, such as famotidine; and the use of antacids to neutralize stomach acid.

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