Killing Ulcer Bug Helps Prevent Damage From Aspirin — But Do It With Garlic

Dr. Mercola
Apr 11, 2001    Views: 127

Prilosec and Prevacid were found to be ineffective for many. This article will offer natural options to these expensive and potentially dangerous drugs.

A recent online survery of over 4200 patients taking Priolosec or Prevacid found:

  • 35% to 41% of the respondents continue to experience daily heartburn symptoms.
  • As many as 60% of the respondents reported experiencing symptoms three or more times per week.
  • 75% of PPI patients also take nonprescription medications, such as Pepcid, Maalox and Tums.
  • Up to 25% of the respondents said they take over-the-counter medications in place of their prescription medication.
The problem seems to be that many patients are (using)... combinations of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and often too quickly switching to newer medications.

The study was commissioned by a group of drug manufacturers and conducted by Acuity and Harris Interactive.

Prevacid and Prilosec are heavily promoted by pharmaceutical companies to physicians and, more recently, to consumers through advertising. Each brand attracts a somewhat different type of consumer, reflecting again thecombined impact of :

  • Advertising campaigns
  • Access to free samples
  • Managed care formulary restrictions

Many patients are sometimes given stomach acid-suppressing medication, the effect of Helicobacter pylori -- the bacterium that causes ulcers -- on these patients has not been clear.

In the study, eliminating H. pylori with antibiotics appeared to be just as effective as Prilosec for preventing bleeding in patients taking aspirin who had experienced stomach problems in the past.

Patients on aspirin who were treated for H. pylori had a 2% risk of bleeding while those taking aspirin and Prilosec had about a 1% risk, although the difference was not considered statistically significant.

The New England Journal of Medicine March 29, 2001; 344: 967-973


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