What is the best treatment for H pylori infection?
The most effective treatment for H pylori often involves taking several medications for 2 weeks and is known as triple therapy. These medications include:
- A proton pump inhibitor: Some examples include lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec), pantoprazole (Protonix), and rabeprazole (AcipHex)
- Two different antibiotics (Metronidazole and Tetracycline or Metronidazole and Amoxicillin)
- Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol)
The best treatment regimens may differ from patient to patient depending on the antibiotic resistance.
Successful treatment of H pylori can help in the healing of the ulcer, prevent the recurrence of ulcers, and reduce the risk of ulcer complications (like bleeding). To get maximum results from H pylori treatment, it is important to take the entire course of all medications.