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Esomeprazole (40 mg) compared with lansoprazole (30 mg) in the treatment of erosive esophagitis

American Journal of Gastroenterology volume 97, pages 575583 (2002) | Download Citation



OBJECTIVES: Esomeprazole, the S isomer of omeprazole, has been shown to have higher healing rates of erosive esophagitis than omeprazole. This study compared esomeprazole with lansoprazole for the healing of erosive esophagitis and resolution of heartburn.


This United States multicenter, randomized, double blind, parallel group trial was performed in 5241 adult patients (intent-to-treat population) with endoscopically documented erosive esophagitis, which was graded by severity at baseline (Los Angeles classification). Patients received 40 mg of esomeprazole (n = 2624) or 30 mg of lansoprazole (n = 2617) once daily before breakfast for up to 8 wk. The primary efficacy endpoint was healing of erosive esophagitis at week 8. Secondary assessments included proportion of patients healed at week 4, resolution of investigator-recorded heartburn, time to first and time to sustained resolution of patient diary-recorded heartburn, and proportion of heartburn-free days and nights.


Esomeprazole (40 mg) demonstrated significantly higher healing rates (92.6%, 95% CI = 91.5–93.6%) than lansoprazole (30 mg) (88.8%, 95% CI = 87.5–90.0%) at week 8 (p = 0.0001, life-table estimates, intent-to-treat analysis). A significant difference in healing rates favoring esomeprazole was also observed at week 4. The difference in healing rates between esomeprazole and lansoprazole increased as baseline severity of erosive esophagitis increased. Sustained resolution of heartburn occurred faster and in more patients treated with esomeprazole. Sustained resolution of nocturnal heartburn also occurred faster with esomeprazole. Both treatments were well tolerated.


Esomeprazole (40 mg) is more effective than lansoprazole (30 mg) in healing erosive esophagitis and resolving heartburn. Healing rates are consistently high with esomeprazole, irrespective of baseline disease severity.

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We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Clara S. Hwang, M.S., and Ola Junghard, Ph.D., with statistical analyses; the study coordinators at the investigation sites; and all of the principal investigators. This study was supported by a grant from AstraZeneca LP, Wayne, PA.

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Brown, Rush-Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center; K. Buch; J. Caldwell; A. Caos; S. L. Carpenter, Southern Digestive & Liver Disease Institute; D. R. Cave, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center of Boston; A. Chak; T. Chami; R. Chasen, Maryland Digestive Disease Center; E. Cheng, VAMC Northport; D. Chua, Research Concepts, Inc.; N. Cirillo, Western Carolina Digestive Disease Center; L. Cohen, NYGA; C. Colip; C. B. Davis, Monroe Clinic; E. P. DeNoia, Healthcare Discoveries; K. DeVault, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville; P. Dharmarajah; M. R. Dosch, ICSL Clinical Studies; D. W. Dozer, Discovery Research International; M. Draelos, Cornerstone Research Care; S. L. Duckor; C. Eberhart, Doctor's Clinic Research Department; G. Eisen, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; M. Eisner, Clinical Research Division; D. Eskreis, Long Island Clinical Research Associates; P. Eweje, Johnson Digestive Disease Group; C. Fausel, The Oregon Clinic GI; S. Feldman, Gastroenterology Associates of Fairfield County; R. S. 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  1. Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA

    • Donald O Castell
  2. Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, USA

    • Peter J Kahrilas
  3. Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

    • Joel E Richter
  4. Division of Gastroenterology, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

    • Nimish B Vakil
  5. Division of Gastroenterology, Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

    • David A Johnson
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    • , Wendy Skammer
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