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Concomitant Therapy Achieved the Best Eradication Rate for Helicobacter Pylori Among Various Treatment Strategies

Randomized Controlled Trial

Concomitant Therapy Achieved the Best Eradication Rate for Helicobacter Pylori Among Various Treatment Strategies

Hyun Jeong Lee et al. World J Gastroenterol.


Aim: To compare the Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication rate of clarithromycin-based triple therapy, metronidazole-based triple therapy, sequential therapy and concomitant therapy.

Methods: A total of 680 patients infected with H. pylori were divided into 4 groups and each group was treated with a different eradication therapy. Clarithromycin-based triple therapy was applied to the first group [rabeprazole, amoxicillin and clarithromycin (PAC) group: proton pump inhibitor (PPI), amoxicillin, clarithromycin], whereas the second group was treated with metronidazole-based triple therapy [rabeprazole, amoxicillin and metronidazole (PAM) group: PPI, amoxicillin, metronidazole]. The third group was treated with rabeprazole and amoxicillin, followed by rabeprazole, clarithromycin and metronidazole (sequential group). The final group was simultaneously treated with rabeprazole, amoxicillin clarithromycin and metronidazole (concomitant therapy group). In the case of a failure to eradicate H. pylori, second-line quadruple and third-line eradication therapies were administered.

Results: The per protocol (PP) analysis was performed on 143, 139, 141 and 143 patients in the PAC, PAM, sequential and concomitant groups, respectively. We excluded patients who did not receive a C(13)-urea breath test (22, 20, 23 and 22 patients, respectively) and patients with less than an 80% compliance level (5, 11, 6 and 5 patients, respectively). The eradication rates were 76.2% (109/143) in the PAC group, 84.2% (117/139) in the PAM group, 84.4% (119/141) in the sequential group and 94.4% (135/143) in the concomitant group (P = 0.0002). All 14 patients who failed second-line therapy were treated with third-line eradication therapy. Among these 14 patients, 6 infections were successfully eradicated with the third-line therapy. Both PP and intention-to-treat analysis showed an eradication rate of 42.9% (6/14). In the PAC group, 3 of 4 patients were successfully cured (3/4, 75%); 2 of 2 patients in the PAM group (2/2, 100%) and 1 of 5 patients in the sequential group (1/5, 20%) were also cured. In the concomitant group, all 3 patients failed (0/3, 0%).

Conclusion: The eradication rate for the concomitant therapy was much higher than those of the standard triple therapy or sequential therapy ( number NCT01922765).

Keywords: Concomitant therapy; Drug resistance; Eradication; Helicobacter pylori; Sequential therapy.


Figure 1
Figure 1
Flow diagram of participants through each eradication stage of the study. PAC: Rabeprazole, amoxicillin and clarithromycin; PAM: Rabeprazole, amoxicillin and metronidazole; ITT: Intention-to-treat; PP: Per protocol.

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