This product contains 3 medications: tetracycline, metronidazole, and bismuth subsalicylate. It is used with an acid blocker (for example, an H2 blocker such as ranitidine) to treat stomach/intestinal ulcers caused by the bacteria H. pylori and to prevent the ulcers from returning.Tetracycline and metronidazole are antibiotics used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. They work by stopping the growth of bacteria. Bismuth subsalicylate is often used to treat upset stomach, but it is used in this combination to help stop the growth of bacteria.This product treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.This product is not recommended for use in children.
How to use Helidac 250 Mg-500 Mg-262.4 Mg Oral Pack Bismuth Salts
Read the Patient Information Booklet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking this product. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This product comes as a package with 14 separate dosing cards. Each card contains enough medication for 1 day (4 doses). Each dose contains 4 pills. For the 2 round pink tablets, chew thoroughly and swallow. For the 1 round white tablet and 1 black/yellow capsule, swallow whole with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. For best results, 1 dose (4 pills) must be taken 4 times daily.
Take this product at mealtimes and at bedtime for 14 days. Do not lie down for 10 minutes after taking this medication.
Take this medication 2 to 3 hours before or after taking any products containing magnesium, aluminum, or calcium. These products bind with tetracycline, preventing its full absorption. Some examples include quinapril, didanosine solution, vitamins/minerals, and antacids. Dairy products (such as milk, yogurt), calcium-enriched juice, sucralfate, iron, and zinc are also included.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Continue to take this medication and the acid blocker until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection/ulcer.
Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.
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