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How long do treatments for H. pylori infections last?

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Your treatment could mean you’ll take 14 or more pills per day for a few weeks, which seems like a lot of medicine. That said, it’s really important to take everything that your doctor prescribes and to follow her instructions. If you don’t take antibiotics the right way, bacteria in your body can become resistant to them, which makes infections harder to treat. If your medications bother you, talk to your doctor about your treatment options and how you can handle side effects.

Up to 2 weeks after you finish your treatment, your doctor may test your breath or stool again to make sure the infection is gone.

From: What Is H. pylori? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Peptic Ulcer Disease and H. Pylori.”

National Cancer Institute: “Helicobacter pylori and Cancer.”

KidsHealth: “Infections: Helicobacter Pylori.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The Burden of Digestive Diseases: Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

UpToDate. “Helicobacter pylori infection and treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “How is stomach cancer diagnosed?” “How is stomach cancer treated?” and “Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Peptic Ulcer Disease and H. Pylori.”

National Cancer Institute: “Helicobacter pylori and Cancer.”

KidsHealth: “Infections: Helicobacter Pylori.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “The Burden of Digestive Diseases: Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Peptic Ulcer Disease.”

UpToDate. “Helicobacter pylori infection and treatment.”

American Cancer Society: “How is stomach cancer diagnosed?” “How is stomach cancer treated?” and “Signs and symptoms of stomach cancer.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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