Effects of mosapride on esophageal functions and gastroesophageal reflux


Dr Kenji Furuta, Second Department of Internal Medicine, Shimane University Faculty of Medicine, 89-1 Enya-cho, Izumo-shi, Shimane 693-8501, Japan. Email: kfuruta@med.shimane-u.ac.jp


Background and Aim:  A substantial number of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease show symptomatic resistance to high-dose proton pump inhibitors. In those cases, prokinetics are possible candidates for treatment. The aim of the present study was to determine whether mosapride, a prokinetic agent, stimulates esophageal functions, and prevents acidic and non-acidic gastroesophageal reflux.

Methods:  Normal volunteers (nine and 13 for two experiments, respectively) were enrolled. Salivary secretion, esophageal peristaltic contractions, and resting lower esophageal sphincter pressure with and without mosapride administration were recorded using a cross-over protocol. Post-prandial acidic and non-acidic reflux levels were also recorded.

Results:  Mosapride at a standard dose of 15 mg/day did not stimulate salivary secretion or any esophageal motor functions. It also failed to prevent acidic and non-acidic post-prandial gastroesophageal reflux.

Conclusions:  Mosapride at 15 mg/day, a standard dose in Japan, did not change the esophageal motility and salivary secretion in healthy volunteers. Future study on a larger number of individuals with higher dose of mosapride is worthwhile.