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Therapeutic effects of famotidine on chronic symptomatic gastritis: subgroup analysis from FUTURE study.
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PMID:  22183857     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: A therapeutic strategy for symptomatic patients with chronic gastritis has not been established. Gastric acid has been reported to induce a variety of unpleasant abdominal symptoms. We investigated whether the histamine H2 receptor antagonist famotidine attenuated upper abdominal symptoms in patients with chronic gastritis. METHODS: In this multicenter prospective single-arm open-label study, 10,311 patients with a clinical diagnosis of chronic symptomatic gastritis were enrolled and each patient was administered famotidine at 20 mg/day for 4 weeks. The intensity levels of upper abdominal symptoms, epigastralgia, epigastric fullness, and heartburn were evaluated using a face scale (grade 0-4). Abdominal symptom-related quality of life (QOL) impairment was also evaluated, using an Izumo scale before and after famotidine administration. In a subgroup analysis, symptomatic responses in patients diagnosed with functional dyspepsia (FD) according to the Rome III criteria were analyzed. RESULTS: In 8,460 patients who completed the protocol, famotidine administration significantly attenuated epigastralgia, epigastric fullness, and heartburn, and famotidine also attenuated abdominal symptom-related QOL impairment in all patients with chronic symptomatic gastritis, in those with FD-like symptoms without organic disease, and in those with FD as defined by the Rome III criteria. CONCLUSION: Famotidine is effective to relieve abdominal symptoms and improve QOL, not only in patients with Rome III-defined FD, but also in those with chronic symptomatic gastritis.
Yoshikazu Kinoshita; Tsutomu Chiba;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of gastroenterology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1435-5922     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
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Created Date:  2011-12-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9430794     Medline TA:  J Gastroenterol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Shimane University School of Medicine, Izumo, Japan,
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