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Treatment of H pylori infection

Updated on January 28, 2010
Helicobacter pylori infection
Helicobacter pylori infection

Helicobacter pylori, also known as H. pylori, is a bacteria that is found in the mucous layer of the stomach. About 20 percent of people under 40 years old and half of those over 60 years have it. Most infected people, however, do not develop symptoms. The most common symptom is the burning pain in the abdomen. A combination of antibiotics and drugs is the most effecctiveway in the treatment of H pylori infection. Antibiotics helps to destroy the bacteria and the drugs helps to lower your acidity level in the intestinal tract. H. pylori infection is associated with low grade inflammation of the stomach and duodenum.

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H pylori tests and treatment

 

If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you should tell your doctor first. There are tests to dectect H.pylori infection. Some of the tests include stomach biopsy, blood antibody test, stool antigen test and breath test. If the test result is positive, doctor will prescribe antibiotics and drugs to treat H. pylori infection.

Treatment of H. Pylori Infection:

The standard treatment regimen uses two antibiotics and a PPI:

Antibiotics to treat H.pylori infection: The standard antibiotics are clarithromycin (Biaxin) and amoxicillin. Some doctors may give metronidazole for either clarithromycin or amoxicillin.

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to treat H.pylori infection: These drugs include nclude omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), esomeprazole (Nexium), and rabeprazole (Aciphex). These drugs reduce the acidity in the intestinal tract and helps to destroy the bacteria.

H2 blockers: Cimetidine, ranitidine, famotidine, nizatidine

Stomach-lining protector: Bismuth subsalicylate

People who have infected with H pylori, take these medicines for 14 days. After treatment, it is necessary to take breath or endoscopic biopsies to see if the bacteria has destroyed completely. Ask your doctor for more information.

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Home remedies for H Pylori treatment

Treat H pylori infection:

Always ask your health care provider first.

  • Avoid excessive amounts of calcium and magnesium supplements. These lower the stomach acid levels.
  • Limit¬†coffee consumption since it aggravates the problem of helicobacter pylori. Avoid Coffee completely if you can.
  • Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday.
  • Increase your intake cinnamon and foods rich in vitamin C
  • Take onions and garlic and yogurt in your food daily.
  • Take pineapple juice with food. This helps to improve your digestion problem

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