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High Dose Pantoprazole for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Need, Evidence, Guidelines and Our Experience

Rajesh Upadhyay, Navin K Soni, Ashwin A Kotamkar, Azra Naseem, Aaditi Phadke, Shreshth Nayar, Shailesh Pallewar, Parvan Shetty, Ashish Mungantiwar, Sunil Jaiswal, Amit Qamra

Keywords : Dual-drug release, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, High dose, Pantoprazole, Proton pump inhibitors

Citation Information : Upadhyay R, Soni NK, Kotamkar AA, Naseem A, Phadke A, Nayar S, Pallewar S, Shetty P, Mungantiwar A, Jaiswal S, Qamra A. High Dose Pantoprazole for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Need, Evidence, Guidelines and Our Experience. Euroasian J Hepatogastroenterol 2024; 14 (1):86-91.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10018-1426

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 12-06-2024

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2024; The Author(s).


Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) has a pooled prevalence of 15.2% in India with varying presentation in different subset of patients. The approach towards the management of GERD includes use of monotherapy or a combination of OTCs like antacids and/or prescription drugs like H2 receptor antagonists and proton pump inhibitors (PPI). Better efficacy and safety profile of PPIs have contributed to its wide spread use as compared with other drugs for the same indication. Among PPIs, most of the healthcare professionals prefer to prescribe pantoprazole in India. Standard dose of Pantoprazole (40 mg) is unable to meet the needs in case of extraesophageal symptoms, partial responders, patients with concomitant use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or severe presentation in cases of overweight/obese patients. Multiple guidelines recommend doubling the dose of PPI in such cases. Twice daily dosing of PPI may reduce compliance. Thus, there is a need for a higher dose of Pantoprazole (80 mg) to be prescribed once daily in these cases so that improved compliance leads to better outcomes. The use of dual release Pantoprazole 80 mg may help to improve compliance and also enhance the time for which acid suppression takes place. In this review, we discuss the use of higher dose PPI based on scientific evidence and experience of clinicians for the same.

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