Rapid protection of the gastroduodenal mucosa against aspirin-induced damage by rabeprazole


Dr R. S. Fisher, Gastroenterology Section, Temple University Hospital, 800 Parkinson Pavilion, 3401 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA.
E-mail: robert.fisher@temple.edu


Background  The ability of a proton pump inhibitor to reduce or prevent NSAID-induced gastroduodenal damage during the first 24 h has not been tested.

Aim  To determine, whether oral rabeprazole, administered 5 h before the initiation of therapeutic dosing of aspirin protects the gastroduodenal mucosa.

Methods  Normal subjects were randomized into two groups – one received rabeprazole, 20 mg at 07:00 hours and the other placebo, before initiation of aspirin 650 mg at 12:00 hours, and then q4 h for 3 days. Upper endoscopic examinations were performed on all subjects at baseline, 24 and 72 h after initiation of aspirin. Gastroduodenal mucosal damage was scored.

Results  Thirty subjects were compliant with study medications and underwent three endoscopic examinations. Salicylate concentrations were similar for the placebo and the rabeprazole groups at all times. On rabeprazole, the Lanza scores were significantly lower compared with placebo at 24 h (1.3 ± 0.26 vs. 2.1 ± 0.26, P < 0.05) and at 72 h (1.3 ± 0.29 vs. 2.3 ± 0.28, < 0.05). Gastric antral erosion counts were less with rabeprazole than placebo at 24 (4.1 ± 1.3 vs. 7.6 ± 2.0, P > 0.05) and 72 h (5.3 ± 1.8 vs. 8.0 ± 1.5; P > 0.05).

Conclusions  Rabeprazole, initiated 5 h before the start of therapeutic dosing with aspirin, decreased Lanza scores and antral erosion counts at 24 h. These findings suggest that prophylaxis with rabeprazole could start concurrently with aspirin administration.