bismuth subsalicylate/metronidazole/tetracycline - oral, Helidac
GENERIC NAME: BISMUTH SUBSALICYLATE/METRONIDAZOLE/TETRACYCLINE - ORAL (BIZZ-muth sub-sal-ISS-ih-late/meh-troh-NID-uh-zole/ teh-truh-SYE-kleen)
BRAND NAME(S): Helidac
USES: This product contains 3 medications: tetracycline, metronidazole, and bismuth subsalicylate. It is used with an acid blocker (e.g., H2 blockers such as ranitidine, proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole) to treat stomach/intestinal ulcers caused by the bacteria H. pylori and to prevent the ulcers from returning.Tetracycline and metronidazole are antibiotics used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. They work by stopping the growth of bacteria. Bismuth subsalicylate is often used to treat upset stomach, but it is used in this combination to help stop the growth of bacteria.This product treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.This product is not recommended for use in children.
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