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Am J Gastroenterol. 1999 Jul;94(7):1813-7.

Simplified lansoprazole suspension--a liquid formulation of lansoprazole--effectively suppresses intragastric acidity when administered through a gastrostomy.

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, 72205-7199, USA.



Lansoprazole suppresses intragastric acidity when given as nonencapsulated intact granules. Because the administration of granules via small-bore tubes may still be problematic, we studied the effect of a liquid formulation of lansoprazole obtained by suspending the contents of a standard 30-mg capsule in 10 cc of 8.4% NaHCO3.


Six men with an established gastrostomy had a baseline 24-h intragastric pH study. Through the gastrostomy, they then received 7 days of once-daily dosing with 30 mg lansoprazole as intact granules in orange juice. After a 7-day washout period, they then received 7 days of once-daily dosing with the liquid formulation. Intragastric pH monitoring was repeated after each dosing period.


Baseline mean intragastric pH was 1.8 +/- 0.5 (SD). This increased to 4.5 +/- 0.5 with lansoprazole granules in orange juice, and to 5.1 +/- 1.1 after the liquid formulation. At baseline, intragastric pH was >3, 4, and 5 for 19.5%, 12.7%, and 8.1%, respectively, of the 24-h recording period. Corresponding values after lansoprazole granules in orange juice were 77.5%, 67%, and 49.6% (p < 0.01 for each comparison with baseline). After the liquid formulation, the corresponding values were 84%, 77.9%, and 65.9% respectively (p < 0.01 for each comparison with baseline; p > 0.05 for each comparison with lansoprazole granules in orange juice).


A liquid formulation of lansoprazole suppressed intragastric acidity when given through a gastrostomy. The degree of suppression was comparable to that obtained with intact nonencapsulated granules in orange juice.

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