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Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori) (cont.)

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) Treatment

The therapy for Helicobacter pylori infection involves multiple steps. In addition to antibiotics to eradicate the bacteria, another goal is to decrease the amount of acid secretion in the stomach and remove risk factors for further stomach irritation.

Antibiotic therapy

A two week course of combination antibiotic therapy is recommended.

Antacid therapy

Proton pump inhibitors and H2 blocker medications decrease acid secretion in the stomach and are often prescribed for a minimum of two weeks.

Bismuth therapy with Pepto- Bismol is sometimes recommended, especially if the first round of antibiotic therapy failed. Please remember that this treatment will cause stools to turn black.

Behavioral modification

  • Avoid alcohol
  • Take aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve) only with approval of your health care provider
  • Stop smoking
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/4/2014

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