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Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 1995 Feb;9(1):19-24.

Pantoprazole versus omeprazole in the treatment of acute gastric ulcers.

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DRK Krankenhaus, Berlin, Germany.



Pantoprazole is a new substituted benzimidazole which is a potent inhibitor of gastric acid secretion by its action upon H+,K(+)-ATPase.


The proton pump inhibitors pantoprazole and omeprazole were compared in a randomized, double-blind study in 219 patients with benign gastric ulcers. Patients received either pantoprazole 40 mg (n = 146) or omeprazole 20 mg (n = 73), once daily before breakfast for 4 weeks. Treatment was extended for a further 4 weeks if the ulcer had not healed.


After 4 weeks, complete ulcer healing was seen in 88% of protocol-correct patients given pantoprazole and in 77% given omeprazole (between-group difference P < 0.05). At 8 weeks, the corresponding values were 97% and 96% (not significant). In the comparative intention-to-treat analysis there were no statistical differences between the treatment groups. Among the patients who had ulcer pain prior to treatment, 79% of the pantoprazole group and 68% of the omeprazole group were pain-free after 2 weeks, and after 4 weeks 88% and 81%, respectively (not significant). Pronounced improvement in the other gastrointestinal symptoms was seen in both groups. Only 10% of patients in each group reported adverse events. There were moderate increases in fasting serum gastrin levels with both treatments at 4 and 8 weeks.


Pantoprazole, 40 mg once daily in the morning, is a highly effective, well tolerated treatment for acute, benign gastric ulcer. Pantoprazole and omeprazole were equally safe in the therapy of gastric ulcer.

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