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• Obtain a baseline CBC. Recheck the CBC if the patient exhibits alarm signs or symptoms.

• Obtain a baseline serum creatinine measurement. Calculate the estimated creatinine clearance and adjust the dose ofH2RAs and sucralfate according to package insert recommendations.

• Obtain a history of symptoms from the patient. Monitor for improvements in pain symptoms (e.g., epigastric or abdominal pain) daily.

• Monitor the patient for the development of any alarm signs and symptoms.

• Recommend a follow-up visit if signs and symptoms worsen at any time or do not improve within the defined treatment period.

• Assess for potential drug interactions whenever there is a change in the patient's medications, particularly for patients taking cimetidine, omeprazole, or sucralfate.

• Educate the patient on the importance of adhering to the H. pylori-eradication regimen.

• Monitor the patient for complications related to antibiotic therapy (e.g., diarrhea or oral thrush) during and after completion ofH. pylori eradication therapy.

• Recommend follow-up care if the patient's signs and symptoms do not improve after completion of H. pylori-eradication therapy.

Abbreviations Introduced in This Chapter

HnRA H ista ml rie2 - re cp pto r antagonist

MALT Miicosa-aasoriated lymphoid tissue

NSAID Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory d rug

SR M D Stress-related mucosal d a mage

' Self-assessment questions and answers are available at ht-tp://www. mhpharmacotherapy. com/pp.html.

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