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What is the characteristic regeneration time for the stomach lining, after daily NSAIDs or alcohol?
posted by gensubuser to health & fitness (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know two facts: 1) NSAIDs erode the stomach lining, leading to the possibility of ulcers, and 2) the stomach lining constantly regenerates, even in the absence of this corrosion.
If I were to stop taking NSAIDs (or, stop drinking alcohol), how long would it take before my stomach lining was back to 100%? Never? A month? A year if I was just on the verge of an ulcer?
What is the characteristic time for regeneration of the stomach lining, in terms of resistance to ulcers?
[Bonus only: is the "average load" on the lining the only important issue here, or does the simultaneous occupation of my stomach by NSAID and alcohol cause disproportionately bad things to happen?]