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Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2004 Jul 15;20(2):181-8.

Six-month trial of on-demand rabeprazole 10 mg maintains symptom relief in patients with non-erosive reflux disease.

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Department of Medical Gastroenterology, Glostrup University Hospital, Denmark. peter.bytzer@dadlnet.dk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Compliance studies have shown that patients with reflux symptoms generally take their medication only when experiencing these symptoms.

AIM:

To evaluate the efficacy of on-demand rabeprazole maintenance therapy in patients with non-erosive reflux disease.

METHODS:

This multicentre, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, withdrawal study compared 6 months of on-demand treatment with rabeprazole 10 mg vs. placebo. Adults with a history of reflux symptoms, a negative endoscopy, and > or = 3 days of moderate to very severe heartburn in the 7 days before enrollment (N = 535) entered 4 weeks of open-label, acute treatment with rabeprazole 10 mg once daily. Patients with complete symptom relief then entered the on-demand phase. The primary end-point was discontinuation due to lack of heartburn control during the on-demand phase.

RESULTS:

Eighty-three percent (432 of 523) of patients reported complete symptom relief at the end of the acute phase. During on-demand treatment, rates of discontinuation because of inadequate heartburn control were 20% (28 of 139) for placebo vs. 6% (16 of 279) for rabeprazole (P < 0.00001). Antacid use was twofold higher in the placebo group vs. the rabeprazole group (P = 0.0009).

CONCLUSIONS:

Rabeprazole 10 mg once daily is highly effective in acute symptom relief and as on-demand long-term maintenance therapy in non-erosive reflux disease patients.

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