How should I use Helidac Therapy?

Helidac Therapy, a combination of drugs used to treat peptic ulcers, is prescribed as a 14-day course of treatment. You will receive 14 blister packs, each containing 16 pills, which is the number you need to take daily -- four pills at a time, at each meal and before bed. Each dose consists of two chewable bismuth subsalicylate tablets, one metronidazole tablet and one tetracycline capsule.

When it's time for a dose, chew and swallow the two bismuth tablets, then swallow the metronidazole and tetracycline pills whole with 8 ounces of water. It is especially important to drink a full glass of water with the dose before bed, to help prevent stomach irritation.

Follow instructions on the package for what to do about foods and medications that may interact with Helidac Therapy -- such as antacids, zinc and iron supplements and dairy products or other foods containing calcium. You'll need to avoid these for several hours before and after each dose. If you miss a dose, do not try to make it up. Simply continue with your next scheduled dose, and continue taking your pills until they're gone. Do not double your dose to make up for one you missed.

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