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Ulcer Patients Tolerate Aspirin Therapy Following Antibiotics

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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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