Treatment of gastritis depends on its cause. Your doctor may prescribe a mix of prescription and non-prescription (over-the-counter) medicines, and recommend lifestyle approaches.
Common gastritis treatments follow:
- A combination of antibiotic medicines to kill the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) - a common cause of gastritis. If prescribed, it’s important you complete the full course.
- Prescription medicines that reduce the amount of acid made in the stomach.
- Over the counter antacids, which neutralise stomach acid (these should be taken separately from some other medicines - ask your pharmacist).
You can also make some lifestyle changes to help improve your healing process, and reduce any further chances of irritation. You could try to:
- eat smaller meals more often
- avoid foods that can irritate your stomach, such as foods that are spicy, acidic (e.g. citrus and tomatoes), fried or fatty
- avoid alcohol
- avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - ask your doctor or pharmacist for alternative pain relievers
- avoid stress.
If you find that your gastritis isn’t improving despite treatment, tell your doctor as soon as possible.
Last reviewed: February 2017