ULCER TREATMENT CHANGE
ANCHOR LEAD: TREATMENT SHOULD BE DESIGNED DIFFERENTLY TO ELIMINATE THE BACTERIA THAT CAUSE MOST ULCERS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Helicobacter pylori is the name of the causative organism for most ulcers in the stomach and small intestine, and eradicating this organism results in improvement or cure for most people. But now a new study shows that giving the medications in sequence rather than together is better. Patrick Okolo, a gastroenterologist at Johns Hopkins, explains.
OKOLO: Now comes this data that sequential use may indeed be better and improve our ability to clear this bug by as much as double digits improvement in that if the proton pump inhibitor is given first and then the antibiotics are given in sequence then we do much better in being able to clear this bug. This is very intriguing it’s not terribly surprising actually when you think about the biology but its very intriguing to see the results that these researchers have shown. :27
Okolo says the only potential problem is the ability of patients to stick to this longer course of treatment. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.