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Whether addition of prokinetics to proton pump inhibitors improves esophageal peristalsis and symptoms in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) remains unknown. We evaluated the effect of mosapride, a 5-HT4 agonist, and PPI cotherapy in patients with GERD on esophageal motility using high-resolution manometry (HRM). This study was designed as a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Patients with GERD were allocated to a group either taking 40 mg esomeprazole plus 30 mg mosapride or taking esomeprazole plus placebo. Symptom assessment and the HRM study were conducted before drug treatment and after 4 weeks. Of 50 patients enrolled, 24 in the mosapride group (49 years old, 15 males) and 19 in the placebo group (43 years old, nine males) completed the study. Approximately 79 % of the patients had normal peristaltic function. Treatment response was not different between the two groups (79 vs. 68 %). Mosapride cotherapy tended to yield better response in patients with dyspepsia than those without dyspepsia (92 vs. 67 %). Lower esophageal sphincter pressure didn't change in both groups. Intrabolus pressure decreased in the mosapride group (3.4 ± 3.5 mmHg to 1.4 ± 4.1 mmHg, P < 0.05). Distal esophageal amplitude increased in the mosapride group and not in the placebo group (81 ± 34 to 89 ± 29 mmHg vs. 82 ± 32 to 83 ± 31 mmHg). Adding mosapride on esomeprazole improved esophageal contractability and lowered intrabolus pressure in patients with GERD. Mosapride and esomeprazole cotherapy tended to yield better response in patients with concomitant dyspepsia.


Yu Kyung Cho, Myung-Gyu Choi, Eun Young Park, Chul Hyun Lim, Jin Su Kim, Jae Myung Park, In Seok Lee, Sang Woo Kim, Kyu Yong Choi. Effect of mosapride combined with esomeprazole improves esophageal peristaltic function in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease: a study using high resolution manometry. Digestive diseases and sciences. 2013 Apr;58(4):1035-41

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PMID: 23053900

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