Medicine: Ulcer Pains?

A new drug may help

For more than half of the 4 million Americans who suffer the anguish of peptic ulcers, there was encouraging news last week: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just approved the general prescription use of a new drug, cimetidine. It shows greater promise than many previously acclaimed anti-ulcer drugs because it works by a different mechanism. Cimetidine reduces acid production in the stomach wall, allowing the ulcers to heal.

In most cases, what the average victim calls his "stomach ulcer" is actually located in the duodenum, the next...

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