Treatment of reflux oesophagitis of moderate and severe grade with ranitidine or pantoprazole--comparison of 24-hour intragastric and oesophageal pH.

U. Armbrecht*, A. Abucar, W. Hameeteman, A. Schneider, R.W. Stockbrügger

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Marbachtalklinik, Bad Kissingen, Germany.

BACKGROUND: Proton pump inhibiting drugs strongly decrease gastric acid secretion and have proven more effective in the treatment of reflux oesophagitis than H2-receptor antagonists. METHODS: In a double-blind randomized trial, 24 patients with oesophagitis grade II (n = 15) and III (n = 9) were treated for 4 weeks with either ranitidine 150 mg b.d. (n = 13) or pantoprazole 40 mg o.m. (n = 11). Before the trial and on the last day of medication, 24-h intragastric pH and oesophageal pH profiles were performed. Healing was assessed by endoscopy. RESULTS: Pantoprazole increased median gastric pH from 1.7 to 3.9. Virtually no change in gastric pH was seen in the ranitidine group. Pantoprazole reduced the fraction time of pH < 4 in the oesophagus from 21% to 3% (P = 0.0005), and the median number of refluxes from 206 to 56 (P = 0.022). Oesophageal acid exposure was not decreased by ranitidine. Healing of the oesophagitis was seen in 6/11 cases after pantoprazole and in 3/13 cases after ranitidine (N.S.) CONCLUSION: In patients with oesophagitis of moderate and severe grade, pantoprazole 40 mg o.m. decreases intragastric acidity and gastro-oesophageal acid reflux more effectively than ranitidine 150 mg b.d.

Publication Types:
Clinical Trial
Multicenter Study
Randomized Controlled Trial
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)959-965
Number of pages7
JournalAlimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997

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