What information about Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection should patients receive?

Updated: Jul 21, 2021
  • Author: Luigi Santacroce, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Educate patients with a high risk for gastric cancer about clinical control methods and, if H pylori -positive, to begin eradication therapy. However, eradication regimens for H pylori are complex and might not be fully comprehended by patients; thus explore barriers to adherence and address these prior to prescribing therapy. [12] Explain the rationale for therapy, dosing instructions, expected adverse events, and the importance of completing the full therapeutic course. [12] It is crucial to educate patients about the adverse effects of the therapy to impress upon them the importance of compliance with the full regimen to prevent antibiotic resistance and relapse.


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