Efficacy of esomeprazole 40 mg vs. lansoprazole 30 mg for healing moderate to severe erosive oesophagitis

M. B. Fennerty, J. F. Johanson, C. Hwang, M. Sostek

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Background: Secondary analyses from previous studies indicated that esomeprazole was more effective than lansoprazole and omeprazole in healing moderate or severe (Los Angeles grades C or D) erosive oesophagitis (EE). Aim: To compare prospectively healing rates with esomeprazole vs. lansoprazole in patients with moderate to severe EE. Methods: In this multicentre, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group trial, adult patients with endoscopically confirmed moderate or severe EE received esomeprazole 40 mg (n = 498) or lansoprazole 30 mg (n = 501) once daily for up to 8 weeks. The primary end point was EE healing through week 8. Secondary assessments included investigator-assessed resolution of symptoms and safety and tolerability. Results: Time to healing was significantly different (P = 0.007), favouring esomeprazole. Estimated healing rates at week 8 were 82.4% with esomeprazole 40 mg and 77.5% with lansoprazole 30 mg. Heartburn resolved at week 4 in 72% and 64% of patients who received esomeprazole and lansoprazole, respectively (P = 0.005). Control of other GERD symptoms was similar between treatments. Both treatments were well tolerated. Conclusions: With 8 weeks' treatment, esomeprazole 40 mg once daily heals moderate to severe EE faster and in more patients, and resolves heartburn in more patients after 4 weeks of treatment, than lansoprazole 30 mg once daily.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-463
Number of pages9
JournalAlimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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