How long does it take for the duodenal ulcer to cure completely?

Q. Sompraz for duodenal ulcer is causing gas problem. What to do?

Answered by
Dr. Lalit Kumar Bansal
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on May 11, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jun 19, 2023

Hello doctor,

My husband had duodenal ulcer two months back and was treated immediately by a gastroenterologist. For the past 70 days, he is taking Sompraz 40. But sometimes he has wind formation in his stomach. He is very nervous and believes that he might have developed cancer. He always does this whatever disease (thinking about cancer). Please let me know about the seriousness.



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Any ulcers in the duodenum, can cause the feeling of wind anytime. Proper treatment is required to get rid of it. Only Sompraz (Esomeprazole) will not solve the problems. You have to give some other medicines to him. Avoid fatty and spicy food. Do regular walk and exercise is a must. Let done USG (ultrasound) whole abdomen to exclude other problems.

Investigations to be done:

USG whole abdomen.

Treatment plan:

Syrup Gelusil 2 tablespoons TDS, syrup Sucral two tablespoons TDS, tablet Normaxin (Clidinium bromide and Dicyclomine) 1 BD. Take all these for seven days.

Regarding follow up:

After seven days.

Thank you doctor,

I want to know how long it takes to cure duodenal ulcer? Is taking Sompraz 40 regularly for 70 days harmful and can cause flatulence?



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Duodenal ulcer usually takes about an average of two months to heal. It varies in different conditions. If you follow the advice properly then it will heal in around one month. Sompraz has very less side effects, but for a long time it can cause flatulence. Also, more than one month treatment is not of any use. You should take some ulcer healing drugs which I mentioned previously. I think you will be completely all right with the above-mentioned treatment in one month. You can change Sompraz to Lan 30 (Lansoprazole) tablet for one week as it is more effective with less side effects.

Thank you doctor,

I just want to know whether you are attached with gasteroenterology or neurology?



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I am a gastrointestinal surgeon. Keep in touch for further doubts.

Hello doctor,

as you have helped me a lot, I would like to know frankly that after treatment of duodenal ulcer for two months, is there any chance of some serious ness regarding stomach problem which can lead to cancer. I am passing through a period of anxiety and mental disorder. Please help me.



Welcome back to I can understand your concern. But I can definitely say that two months or a year ulcer is not going to progress to a cancer. If ulcer is for more than five years than there is around five percent chances of stomach cancer. But I cannot deny from that it would not happened as I have seen lot of people of stomach cancer who have no history of duodenal ulcer. So there are many factors for cancer in which genetic history is most specific factor. Duodenal ulcer is one factor but with very little chance less than one percent. So just forget about cancer or any complications. Just enjoy your life and my request to you to enjoy your life stress free as stress is the cause of many problems. Please update me about your stomach pain or any other problems so if required I will update the treatment.Thank you.

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