Prevention of gastric mucosal injury induced by anti-platelet drugs by famotidine



Anti-platelet drug-induced gastric mucosal injury correlates with intragastric pH. Our aim was to investigate prophylaxis effects of famotidine, one of the representative histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RA), on gastric mucosal injury induced by dual therapy with low-dose aspirin and clopidogrel in relation to Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection and CYP2C19 genotypes. This study was conducted for 20 healthy Japanese volunteers (10 H. pylori-positive and 10-negative subjects) with 100 mg aspirin plus 75 mg clopidogrel (AC) once-daily dosing and AC plus 20 mg famotidine twice-daily dosing (ACH). Mucosal injury was endoscopically assessed on day 3 and 7 and 24-hour intragastric pH and antiplatelet-function test was performed on day 7. Median pH in ACH was similar between CYP2C19 extensive metabolizer (EM) and intermediate metabolizer (IM)/poor metabolizer (PM) and was significantly higher in H. pylori-positive than negative subjects (P < .05). Mucosal injury with ACH significantly decreased in both day 3 and 7 compared with AC, irrespective with H. pylori and CYP2C19 genotypes (P < .05). Although antiplatelet effect of clopidogrel in EM was significantly higher than that in IM/PM, the additional famotidine did not affect the effect. Anti-platelet drug-induced gastric injury was alleviated by famotidine without attenuation of anti-platelet functions irrespective of H. pylori and CYP2C19 genotypes.