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The proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) lansoprazole (LPZ) and omeprazole (OPZ) have been widely used for more than 20 years in the treatment of acid-related diseases such as gastro-duodenal ulcers and reflux esophagitis. Both LPZ and OPZ are derivatives of 2-[(2- pyridylmethyl)sulfinyl]-1H-benzimidazole, but LPZ has a trifluoroethoxy group in the molecule which seems to provide unique pharmacological properties in addition to its anti-secretory effect. For example, the anti-secretory effect of LPZ in rats was roughly 2 times greater than that of OPZ but the anti-ulcer effects were more than 10 times stronger than those of OPZ in rat models of reflux esophagitis, indomethacin-induced gastric antral ulcers and mepirizole-induced duodenal ulcers. It has also been reported that LPZ has acid-independent protective effects on the gastrointestinal mucosa, anti-inflammatory effects, and anti-bacterial effects on Helicobacter pylori. In contrast, recent advances in endoscopy have revealed that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) often cause ulcers not only in the stomach and duodenum, but also in the small intestine in humans. Anti-secretory drugs such as PPIs and histamine H(2)-receptor antagonists (H(2)-RAs) are commonly used for the treatment of upper gastrointestinal mucosal lesions induced by NSAIDs. However, the effects of these drugs on NSAID-induced small intestinal lesions are still not fully understood. In this article, both a brief history of the discovery of LPZ and the unique pharmacological properties of LPZ independent from its anti-secretory action are reviewed, and the effects of PPIs and H(2)-RAs on NSAID-induced small intestinal lesions are discussed.


Hiroshi Satoh. Discovery of lansoprazole and its unique pharmacological properties independent from anti-secretory activity. Current pharmaceutical design. 2013;19(1):67-75

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