Adding diclofenac to Helicobacter pylori eradication regimen


1 Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Integrative Functional Gastroenterology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Young Researchers and Elite Club, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Iran

3 Department of Medicine, Integrative Functional Gastroenterology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


Background: Helicobacter pylori colonizes not only on the surface of mucous membrane, but also beneath the surface mucous gel layer (SMGL). As diclofenac Na decreases the secretion of SMGL, in this study we examined this drug as an adjuvant therapy to a quadruple therapy for H. Pylori eradication.
Materials and Methods: One hundred and seventy-two patients were randomly assigned to three groups. Fifty four patients received quadruple therapy, that is, azithromycine 250 mg, amoxicillin 500 mg, bismuth subcitrate 240 mg, and omeprazole 20 mg bid for 1 week (group A) and 65 patients received the same dosage of those agents plus diclofenac Na tab, 100 mg daily for 1 week (group B). Sixty two patients received the quadruple therapy for 2 weeks (group C). Eradication of the infection was assessed 4-6 weeks after completion of treatment by stool antigen assay for H. pylori.
Results: While the rate of H. pylori eradication in the groups A and B was 66.7% and 82.1%, respectively (P = 0.062), the rate of H. pylori eradication in groups B and C were 82.1% and 82.3% respectively (P = 0.987).
Conclusions: It seems that diclofenac Na can shorten anti-H. pylori regimens for 1 week. More investigations are needed for more clarification of the efficacy of NSAIDs for successful eradication of H. pylori. (IRCT code: IRCT201204059256N2)


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