H. Pylori: Do you need to take proton-pump inhibitors?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 12, 2013 at 8:38 AM

I was told as part of a "triple-drug therapy" for H. Pylori overgrowth that I would need to take proton-pump inhibitors in addition to a few antibiotics + Igg. I didn't want to say no, but I'm pretty sure those inhibitors caused H. Pylori in the first place. Well, I stupidly listened my doctor (the last time I did, I got into big trouble which developed intestinal problems including H. Pylori and yeast overgrowth) and took them for about a week and a half. Should I stop in my tracks or am I going to start having some severe heartburn if I avoid the drugs? I was not getting any heartburn before and am still obviously not.

Thank you all so much for your help!



on April 16, 2013
at 09:45 PM

I had heartburn, but it went away on its own. I now have frequent belching. So far the drug treatment is really effective, except my anxiety went up alot! No surprise there, considering gut flora is related to your anxiety so that in killing more off, my anxiety came back with a vengeance. However, I prefer anxiety to itching my hands, feet, ear canals and anal canal 20 times a day.


on April 14, 2013
at 04:25 PM

If you weren't getting heartburn before, how did you end up getting tested for / diagnosed with H. Pylori overgrowth?

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on April 14, 2013
at 08:30 AM

Okay, here we go. I had h. pylori, confirmed by two different Metametrix GI Effects tests (stool samples).

I also had cryptosporidium. This got fixed with a three day cycle of some kind of drug, a pharmaceutical. That did clear it up.

The h. pylori is a bummer to deal with through the standard medical system. Their treatment cycle consists of a cycle of three drugs that basically kill off your good bacteria and hopefully the h. pylori with it. This is not a bulletproof system, as the the h. pylori is hard to get rid of completely.

The drugs they give you for this can cause a cascade of other negative side effects, most are related to what they do to your gut biome.

More than 50% of people have h. pylori. It does not cause problems for everyone who has it. But when it gets going, it is not fun.

This is the protocol that I followed starting three months ago: http://amyking.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/im-so-happy-i-have-h-pylori/

I just got another test for the h. pylori and it is completely gone using the protocol above. I used mastic gum, monolaurin, manuka honey, digestive enzymes, betaine HCL, and activated charcoal. It worked! And I had no nasty antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors.



on April 14, 2013
at 05:25 PM

How long is your H. pylori treatment for? Mine was for 10 days; I don't think it should be for more than 14 days. I suggest you stick with the treatment until completion. For myself the triple drug therapy was successful.

Before the treat I did have acid reflux. During the treatment and for 2 months later the reflux abated. But then came back in full force. Reducing my carb intake to about 60-75 grams has seemingly taken care of my acid reflux, at least for now.

I can understand the reluctance for taking PPI meds, ... nasty stuff. Alternatively Zantac (ranitidine) is used as part of the triple drug treatment. It's less potent and somewhat less effective but it does have a much better safety profile than PPIs. If you must take an acid blocker for the long term I would go with ranitidine over omeprazole or any other PPI.


PS - I absolutely hated the H. pylori triple drug treatment. But since it worked I can't complain too much.



on April 14, 2013
at 08:02 AM

According to my naturopath; broccoli sprouts have been shown to get rid of the bacteria. Take about a 1/4 cup of them raw per day. Either way, they're good for you so you'll benefit either way.

They also taste like radishes!


on April 14, 2013
at 07:35 AM

I have been on PPIs(pantaprazole and motilium)for many years and am looking for ways to replace them with herbal alternatives; no success so far! From my experience I think that,frankly, once the PPIs are working to control GERD,the doctor leaves it at that. There should be better follow up! In fact I have halved the prescribed doseage of pantaprazole without any adverse effects. Any advice on herbal treatments would be most welcome. liberte



on April 12, 2013
at 09:01 AM

Same thing happened to me. PPI made my SIBO worse.

I wish I had the answer to your question, but I don't. Whatever it takes, do not take those PPIs.

Try manuka honey or mastic gum. Mastic gum did not work for me though and it is bad for SIBO patients.

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