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ABSTRACT: The presence of the gastric pathogen, Helicobacter pylori influences acid suppression by proton pump inhibitors and treatment outcome in patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
To determine the influence of H. pylori infection on effectiveness of rabeprazole in primary and secondary care patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
Patients from primary and secondary care centres with uninvestigated gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (based on symptoms only) and investigated gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (endoscopically confirmed oesophagitis or endoscopy-negative reflux disease) were tested for H. pylori and treated with rabeprazole 20 mg once daily for 4-8 weeks in a non-randomized, multicentre, open-label study. Primary end-point for treatment effectiveness was complete resolution of both heartburn and acid regurgitation at 4-8 weeks; secondary end-point was quality of life as registered with the Psychological General Well-being Index.
Data of 1787 patients could be analysed; mean duration of treatment was 36.3 days. At the evaluation visit 76.9% were heartburn-free, 77.7% regurgitation-free and 71% had complete symptom resolution. Overall Psychological General Well-being Index scores improved accordingly. Treatment was equally effective in patients with or without H. pylori infection, but more effective in patients with oesophagitis when compared with symptomatic gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
The effectiveness of rabeprazole in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease is not affected by the presence of H. pylori infection.
Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics 09/2004; 20(4):451-8. · 4.55 Impact Factor