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

December 01, 2012

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.

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