Healthdirect Free Australian health advice you can count on.

Medical problem? Call 1800 022 222. If you need urgent medical help, call triple zero immediately

healthdirect Australia is a free service where you can talk to a nurse or doctor who can help you know what to do.

beginning of content

Gastritis medication

2-minute read

Gastritis occurs when your stomach lining becomes inflamed (swollen and red). It can last for a short time then go away, or it can last a long time.

Gastritis has several causes, including infection. Treatment of will depend on the cause.

You can ease the symptoms of gastritis by eating and drinking in ways that don’t annoy your stomach, and by medications.

To treat your stomach gently:

Medicines may be used to:

  • reduce the production of stomach acid
  • make the stomach less acidic
  • treat an infection with Helicobacter pylori, or H. pylori, which is a common cause of gastritis

Types of gastritis medicines

H2 blockers

H2 blockers are medicines that reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. They include ranitidine and famotidine.

Proton pump inhibitors

Proton pump inhibitors are like H2 blockers, but stronger. They include omeprazole and pantoprazole.

Antacids

Antacids work by neutralising stomach acid.

Helicobacter Pylori treatment

This usually combines antibiotics with acid reducing medications such as proton pump inhibitors.

Important information about gastritis medication

If you have gastritis, discuss with your doctor:

  • the benefits of medicine for gastritis
  • the risks of medicine

See your doctor if you vomit blood or notice blood in your stool (your toilet) as these may be signs of stomach bleeding.

Looking for more medicine information?

healthdirect’s medicines section allows you to search for medicines by brand name or active ingredient. It provides useful information about medicines such as their use, whether they are available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and product recalls.

Learn more here about the development and quality assurance of healthdirect content.

Last reviewed: February 2018

Need more information?

These trusted information partners have more on this topic.

Top results

Gastritis - Better Health Channel

Gastritis may be caused by many factors including infection, alcohol, particular medications and some allergic and immune conditions.

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Video: Gastritis - myDr.com.au

Gastritis describes a group of conditions characterised by inflammation of the stomach lining. It occasionally causes symptoms like reduced hunger, nausea and indigestion, but in most cases doesn't p

Read more on myDr website

Indigestion - myDr.com.au

Indigestion is a symptom involving pain in the stomach and sometimes heartburn or reflux, which may result from several medical conditions.

Read more on myDr website

Rare Cancers Australia - Directory - Stomach (Gastric) Cancer

Rare Cancers Australia is a charity whose purpose is to improve the lives and health outcomes of Australians living with a rare or less common cancer.

Read more on Rare Cancers Australia website

Hangovers: how your body is affected - myDr.com.au

Find out what happens when you have a hangover - the unpleasant consequence of having overindulged. See what can be done to make a hangover better and how to prevent it in the first place.

Read more on myDr website

Peptic ulcers: what causes them? - myDr.com.au

Most peptic ulcers are caused by either infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori or regular use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), including aspirin.

Read more on myDr website

How samples are collected - Lab Tests Online AU

This page aggregates information that directly links to Lab Tests Online.

Read more on Lab Tests Online website

Stomach ulcer - Better Health Channel

Most stomach ulcers are caused by infection or medication, not stress or poor diet.

Read more on Better Health Channel website

Non-culture methods for detecting infection | Issue 5 | Volume 39 | Australian Prescriber

Culture-independent diagnostic techniques are increasingly used in clinical laboratories. They have improved turnaround times and are generally more...

Read more on Australian Prescriber website

Healthdirect 24hr 7 days a week hotline

24 hour health advice you can count on

1800 022 222

Government Accredited with over 140 information partners

We are a government-funded service, providing quality, approved health information and advice

Australian Government, health department logo ACT Government logo New South Wales government, health department logo Northen Territory Government logo Government of South Australia, health department logo Tasmanian government logo Government of Western Australia, health department logo