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No need for ulcer drugs after eradicating H. pylori bacteria?

After eliminating the bacterial infection that causes bleeding peptic ulcers, it may not be necessary to continue taking acid-reducing medications, according to a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

Infection with the Helicobacter pylori bacteria causes ulcers. People with ulcers commonly take a drug to reduce stomach acid secretion. It's been unclear whether people should continue taking these drugs after being treated for H. pylori infection.

Researchers in Spain studied 1,000 people with ulcers. After antibiotic treatment, participants were instructed not to use aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can cause stomach bleeding. They also stopped taking acid-reducing medications.

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