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Dig Dis Sci. 2010 May;55(5):1325-36. doi: 10.1007/s10620-009-0871-8. Epub 2009 Jul 7.

Long-term quality of life improvement in subjects with healed erosive esophagitis: treatment with lansoprazole.

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CURE Digestive Diseases Research Center, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA 90073, USA. TKovacs@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic symptomatic condition and may be associated with erosive esophagitis (EE). Considerable data on the long-term maintenance of healing of EE are available, but data on long-term GERD symptom prevention and patient quality of life (QOL) are limited.

AIMS:

To investigate QOL in subjects with healed EE who received 12 months of double-blind maintenance treatment with lansoprazole or ranitidine, followed by long-term open-label lansoprazole therapy to prevent recurrence of EE.

METHODS:

Subjects with healed EE received 12 months of double-blind maintenance treatment with lansoprazole 15 mg once daily or ranitidine 150 mg twice daily, followed by dose-titrated, open-label lansoprazole therapy for up to 82 months.

RESULTS:

During double-blind treatment (n = 206), lansoprazole-treated patients showed significantly (P <or= 0.05) greater improvements than ranitidine-treated patients in the frequency, severity, and 'bothersomeness' of heartburn, the symptom index, problems of activity limitation, eating and drinking problems, symptom problems, health distress, and social functioning. During dose-titrated, open-label treatment (n = 195), all disease-specific QOL scales except sleep improved significantly (P < 0.001) from open-label baseline at each time-point.

CONCLUSIONS:

Maintenance treatment with lansoprazole for 12 months in healed EE subjects produced significantly greater improvements in QOL indicators than ranitidine. These improvements were sustained during dose-titrated, open-label lansoprazole treatment.

PMID:
19582579
PMCID:
PMC2862958
DOI:
10.1007/s10620-009-0871-8
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