Treatment for Helicobacter

The cure of Hp usually requires antibiotics. Other things have been tried and have a weaker effect.

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  • Antibiotics and Acid Pump Blockers
    The most popular treatments consist of two antibiotics (one of which is usually clarithromycin) plus a strong acid blocker such as omeprazole (PriLosec, Nexium, Somac, Zoton, etc.). Treatment is for 7-10 days. Cure rate is about 85%
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  • Bismuth and Other Less Common Antibiotics
    Whereas amoxicillin, clarithromycin and an acid pump blocker make up the most widely used treatment, people who are allergic to penicillin, or who have failed treatment, require other antibiotics. Bismuth compounds (Pepto-Bismol or De-Nol) with can be used in various combinations with other antibiotics such as tetracycline, metronidazole, furazolidone, ciprofloxacin etc., especially when other therapy fails.
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  • Ideas for Resistant H.pylori Infections
    After first line treatment, various "second line" treatments can be used. The policy for H.pylori is: Make sure the infection is real (breath test for follow-up). Always give a high dose of PPI (acid blocker) when using amoxicillin. In the second treatment, give a different drug in place of clarithromycin.
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  • Yoghurt, Lactobacilli, Acidophilus etc.
    At present some of these have been shown to have a modest effect in animals and slight effect in man (reducing H.p. - not curing it). They may do some good but can't compete with antibiotics at present. They may be the future if current research programs pay off.
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  • Other Probiotics etc.
    This section has been created to hold other less well-known probiotic claims. It was created so that more reputable probiotic claims can be given higher status.
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  • Naturopathy and Uproven Treatments
    Honey, Garlic, Chili, Ginseng, Mastic Gum, Broccoli (and many others) have been recommended. If these treatments worked, the originators would have patented them and made millions. Some have been tested but so far no natural therapy has been proven to be a cure. Since there is no scientific evidence that thay do work, we can assume that they do not. The onus must be on the manufacturers to do the work and prove their products.
    Plenty of natural products can kill H.pylori in a test tube, but most of these have no effect in actual humans. Generally the effect of natural products is weak, but the field holds promise.
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