The present study aimed to compare the efficacy for the therapy of GERD of pantoprazole alone with a combination of pantoprazole and mosapride. The study was a prospective, randomized trial involving 68 patients suffering heartburn and/or regurgitation at least twice a week for 6 weeks. Sixty-one patients consented to be randomized to receive either pantoprazole 40 mg b.i.d. (n = 33, group A) or pantoprazole 40 mg b.i.d. plus mosapride 5 mg t.d.s. (n = 28, group B) for 8 weeks. Twenty-four-hour esophageal pH-metry and endoscopy were conducted at recruitment and endoscopy was repeated at 8 weeks in all the patients studied. There were no differences in symptomatic responses to therapy between the groups (69.7% vs 89.2%; P = 0.11). The mean symptom score after 8 weeks was significantly lower in group B (3.78 ± 3.62 vs 1.67 ± 2.09; P = 0.009). Nonerosive esophagitis was present in 29 patients. In patients with nonerosive GERD there was no significant difference in symptomatic response to either regimen (17/20 in group A and 7/9 in group B responded; P = 0.63). In erosive esophagitis, symptomatic responses occurred more frequently in group B, 18/19 (94.7%), than in group A, 6/13 (46.2%; P = 0.003). However endoscopic healing of esophagitis occurred equally with either regimen (6/11, 54.5% in group A; 12/17, 70.5% in group B; P = 0.44). In nonerosive GERD, the addition of mosapride offers no benefit over pantoprazole alone. A combination of pantoprazole and mosapride is more effective than pantoprazole alone in providing symptomatic relief to patients with erosive GERD.
- Gastroeophageal reflux disease
- Proton pump inhibitor
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