Gastrointestinal disorders

H. pylori

(Stomach infection with ulcer)

About H. pylori

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that causes infection in the stomach. It is found in about two-thirds of the world's population. It may be spread by unclean food and water, but researchers aren't sure. It causes Peptic ulcers and can also cause stomach cancer.If you have symptoms of a peptic ulcer, your doctor will test your blood, breath or stool to see if it contains H. pylori. The best treatment is a combination of antibiotics and acid-reducing medicines. You will need to be tested after treatment to make sure the infection is gone.To help prevent an H. pylori infection, you shouldWash your hands after using the bathroom and before eatingEat properly prepared foodDrink water from a clean, safe sourceNIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

All Medications for H. pylori

  • Prevacid
    Prescription or OTC

    Prevacid (lansoprazole) is an effective and inexpensive acid reducer commonly used to provide heartburn relief and help heal ulcers.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Extended release
    • Dissolving tablet extended release
    • Liquid
  • Acnecycline
    Prescription only

    Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Cream, gel, or ointment

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