Last week my mother was hospitalized with the symptoms of tarry stools, weakness, cold sweats. Endoscopy discovered an ulcer in the duodenum located over an artery. To make matters worse, she's been taking Plavix for several weeks. If she had waited much longer to seek help, she would have bled out and died.
Yes, tests confirmed that H. pylori caused the ulcer. She was given Vancomycin by IV for a day, then switched to a medication called Prevpak that contains amoxicillin, clarithromycin, and lansoprazole (a proton pump inhibitor). She'll be taking the Prevpak for 2 weeks. And yes, I'm pushing the probiotics.