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Ulcer Patients Tolerate Aspirin Therapy Following Antibiotics


But gastroenterologist and H. pylori expert Phillip P. Toskes, MD, of the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, says he remains unconvinced that antibiotics is a prudent therapeutic option for bleeding ulcer patients on aspirin therapy. The study by Chan and colleagues was too small to answer the question, he says.

"If I really felt that one of my ulcer patients was at risk for rebleeding, but needed to take aspirin for stroke or heart attack prevention, I would still use [Prilosec]," he says. "At this point, the only proven course for these patients is [Prilosec]. And since a generic form of the drug has recently been approved, the cost factor may not be such an issue in the future."



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