Open trial to evaluate if proton pump inhibitor pantoprazole (PPI) in combination with L. reuteri DSM 17938 may eradicate H. pylori infection in adults. Intervention was administered for 8 weeks + follow-up at 4-6 weeks thereafter. Twenty-two (22) subjects were included, given L. reuteri at the dose of 1×10^8 CFU/d plus 20 mg x 2 of pantoprazole/d.
L. reuteri plus PPI twice a day cured 13.6 % (3/22) of patients with H. pylori infection by intention-to-treat analysis and 14.2 % (3/21) by per protocol analysis. There was a significant reduction in urease activity, comparing baseline to 4–6 weeks post therapy.
Conclusion: L. reuteri may have a potential role in H. pylori eradication therapy if the cure rate can be improved by changes in dose, dosing interval, or duration of therapy.
Dore MP, Cuccu M, Pes GM, Manca A, Graham DY. Lactobacillus reuteri in the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection. Intern Emerg Med. 2014;9:649-654.