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Current options for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23331077     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection is crucial for prevalent disease's management, including gastritis, peptic ulcer and gastric cancer, whereas novel extradigestive causal associations are increasingly being recognized. Despite long-standing efforts, there is not as yet an optimal empirical therapy to eradicate H. pylori.
AREAS COVERED: In the present article the authors review current options for H. pylori eradication. Advantages and disadvantages of each of the recommended regimens, and the perspectives for their rational use in clinical practice, are critically discussed.
EXPERT OPINION: The continuous rising of antimicrobial resistance has accounted for the declined efficiency of standard triple therapies, yielding < 70% eradication in most countries. Alternative first-line strategies have been proposed and largely validated and are now replacing standard-of-care therapies in areas with a high incidence of clarithromycin-resistance (> 20%). Such treatments include the bismuth-containing quadruple therapy, concomitant, sequential and levofloxacin-based regimens, the later mainly designated, together with rifabutin-based therapies as second-line/rescue options. Clinicians should be aware of the local resistance pattern and maintain first-line eradication to levels > 90% (per-protocol efficacy). This will prevent both exposing the patient to repeated treatments and spreading of secondary antimicrobial resistance. In the future, perspectives of tailored therapy and a prophylactic vaccine will obviate any treatment concern.
Sotirios D Georgopoulos; Vasilios Papastergiou; Stylianos Karatapanis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1744-7666     ISO Abbreviation:  Expert Opin Pharmacother     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-21     Completed Date:  2013-06-27     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100897346     Medline TA:  Expert Opin Pharmacother     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  211-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Athens Medical, P. Faliron General Hospital, Department of Gastroenterology, 17562 Athens, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage,  therapeutic use*
Drug Resistance, Bacterial
Drug Therapy, Combination
Helicobacter Infections / drug therapy*,  epidemiology,  microbiology
Helicobacter pylori / drug effects*,  isolation & purification
World Health
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0/Anti-Bacterial Agents

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