Constipation, the most common digestive complaint in the U.S. population, can make life miserable. Not only does constipation make you feel bloated, headachy, and irritable, but relieving constipation -- especially long-term or chronic constipation -- is time consuming and expensive. Each year in the U.S., chronic constipation leads to around 2.5 million doctor visits -- and medication costs of many hundreds of millions of dollars.
Fewer people are getting infected with H. pylori than in the past. And of the people who are infected with
H. pylori, very few will get a peptic ulcer.
Certain factors may make a person who has an H. pylori infection susceptible to developing an ulcer. These factors may
The use of certain medicines, such as aspirin or
other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
People who have had a peptic ulcer and are infected with
H. pylori need treatment to cure the infection to lower
their risk of developing another peptic ulcer. Treatment with a combination of
medicines is highly successful at curing an H. pylori
infection.1 Sometimes H. pylori bacteria are
resistant to certain antibiotics, which can keep the
medicine from killing the bacteria.
Chey WD, et al. (2007). American College of
Gastroenterology guideline of the management of Helicobacter pylori infection. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 102(8): 1808-1825.
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Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
January 28, 2010
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January 28, 2010
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