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Digestion. 2003;68(4):184-8. Epub 2003 Dec 19.

Esomeprazole 40 mg provides improved intragastric acid control as compared with lansoprazole 30 mg and rabeprazole 20 mg in healthy volunteers.

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Gastrointestinal Unit and Gastrointestinal Physiology Laboratory, Bern, Switzerland.



To compare the effects of standard-dose esomeprazole with those of standard doses of lansoprazole and rabeprazole on intragastric pH during repeated daily oral dosing in healthy volunteers.


In two standardized, randomized crossover studies, Helicobacter pylori negative healthy volunteers (study A: 19 males, 5 females; study B: 13 males, 10 females) received esomeprazole 40 mg and either lansoprazole 30 mg (study A) or rabeprazole 20 mg (study B) orally once daily in the morning for 5 days. Continuous 24-hour intragastric pH recording was performed on day 5.


The intragastric pH was maintained >4 for 65% (95% CI 59.5-71.3) of the 24-hour period with esomeprazole and for 53% of the time (95% CI 47.0-58.9) with lansoprazole in study A (p < 0.001). In study B, the proportion of time with pH >4 was 61% (95% CI 53.6-68.3) with esomeprazole versus 45% (95% CI 37.7-52.5) with rabeprazole (p = 0.005). The 24-hour median pH and the proportion of volunteers with intragastric pH >4 for > or =12 h and > or =16 h were significantly higher with esomeprazole than with either lansoprazole or rabeprazole.


Esomeprazole 40 mg provides significantly more effective and more sustained gastric acid control than lansoprazole 30 mg or rabeprazole 20 mg in healthy volunteers.

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