The formulation for the over-the-counter product is omeprazole magnesium cheap meldonium 500mg with mastercard, available in other countries as omeprazole multiple unit pellet system purchase cheapest meldonium and meldonium. Omeprazole is also available in combination with sodium bicarbonate (Zegerid) generic meldonium 500mg with amex. Table 1 provides an accounting of indications of different proton pump inhibitors. Proton pump inhibitors are mainly used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease and gastritis. Often, they are used only after therapy with histamine-2 (H2) receptor antagonists, commonly called H2 blockers, has been unsuccessful for symptoms of reflux. Proton pump inhibitors also are used to treat peptic ulcers (duodenal and gastric) and drug- induced ulcers, such as those associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; the bacterium that causes ulcers, Helicobacter pylori, is eradicated by treatment with a proton pump inhibitor and antibiotics. Proton pump inhibitors also are used to promote healing of erosive esophagitis. Esophagitis can lead to scarring and narrowing of the esophagus (stricture) or to Barrett esophagus, which is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. Evidence-based reviews usually emphasize health outcomes—events or conditions that patients can feel or experience. Heartburn, waking at night, acid regurgitation, and quality of life are health outcomes. But severity of symptoms is not a reliable indicator of esophagitis; patients without esophagitis can experience severe heartburn, and some patients who have esophagitis have no symptoms. Consequently, esophagitis is diagnosed by direct visualization via endoscopy. Esophagitis appears as a tear, break, or ulceration in the lining of the esophagus. When esophagitis has healed, the ulceration has been completely reepithelialized, as viewed during endoscopy. This endoscopically verified healing often is used as an intermediate outcome measure for esophagitis. For ulcer disease, quick relief of symptoms is an important health outcome. But in the long run, the most important determinant of functional status and quality of life is prevention of recurrence of ulcers and their complications (bleeding, hospitalization, and death). Historically, studies of proton pump inhibitors for ulcer disease have been too short to address these outcomes directly. So instead, they report intermediate outcome measures. In the past the most common intermediate outcome measure was endoscopic healing, meaning that on endoscopy after treatment the ulcer is gone. But because ulcer disease tends to recur even when the initial ulcer has completely healed, endoscopic healing, while important as a predictor of relapse, is an imperfect indicator of long-term morbidity from ulcer disease. Since the discovery that Helicobacter pylori causes many peptic ulcers, eradication of Helicobacter pylori has emerged as a more important indicator of the long-term outcome of treatment. Long-term studies have shown that eradication reduces the risk of ulcers and ulcer complications for several years. Proton pump inhibitors Page 6 of 121 Final Report Update 5 Drug Effectiveness Review Project Table 1. Proton pump inhibitors and their US Food and Drug Administration- approved indications Duodenal Erosive Erosive NSAID- Active Trade Dosage or gastric esophagitis esophagitis induced ingredient name form ulcer GERD maintenance treatment ulcer Oral X XX X XX X capsule Prilosec Oral X XX X XX X suspension Omeprazole Losec Oral X X - - X (Canada) capsule Prilosec a a Oral tablet - X - - - OTC Oral suspension - X X X - Omeprazole/ a Oral sodium Zegerid X X X X - capsule bicarbonate Oral chewable X X X X - tablet Oral X XX X XX X capsule Oral Prevacid X XX X XX X suspension Lansoprazole Oral tablet X X X XX X Prevacid FasTab Oral tablet X XX - XX X (Canada) Oral tablet - - X X - Protonix Oral Pantoprazole - - X X - suspension Pantoloc Oral tablet X X - - X (Canada) b c Aciphex Oral tablet X XX X X - Rabeprazole Pariet Oral tablet X X - - - (Canada) Oral - XX X X X capsule Esomeprazole Nexium Oral - XX X X X suspension Abbreviations: GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease; NSAID, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Indication = treatment of frequent heartburn (>2 times weekly). Heartburn is listed as the only “use” for Prilosec OTC per product labeling description. Proton pump inhibitors Page 7 of 121 Final Report Update 5 Drug Effectiveness Review Project Purpose and Limitations of Systematic Reviews Systematic reviews, also called evidence reviews, are the foundation of evidence-based practice. They focus on the strength and limits of evidence from studies about the effectiveness of a clinical intervention. Systematic reviews begin with careful formulation of research questions. The goal is to select questions that are important to patients and clinicians then to examine how well the scientific literature answers those questions. Terms commonly used in systematic reviews, such as statistical terms, are provided in Appendix A and are defined as they apply to reports produced by the Drug Effectiveness Review Project. Systematic reviews emphasize the patient’s perspective in the choice of outcome measures used to answer research questions. Studies that measure health outcomes (events or conditions that the patient can feel, such as fractures, functional status, and quality of life) are preferred over studies of intermediate outcomes (such as change in bone density). Reviews also emphasize measures that are easily interpreted in a clinical context. Specifically, measures of absolute risk or the probability of disease are preferred to measures such as relative risk. The difference in absolute risk between interventions depends on the number of events in each group, such that the difference (absolute risk reduction) is smaller when there are fewer events. In contrast, the difference in relative risk is fairly constant between groups with different baseline risk for the event, such that the difference (relative risk reduction) is similar across these groups. Relative risk reduction is often more impressive than absolute risk reduction. Another useful measure is the number needed to treat (or harm). The number needed to treat is the number of patients who would need be treated with an intervention for 1 additional patient to benefit (experience a positive outcome or avoid a negative outcome). The absolute risk reduction is used to calculate the number needed to treat. Systematic reviews weigh the quality of the evidence, allowing a greater contribution from studies that meet high methodological standards and, thereby, reducing the likelihood of biased results. In general, for questions about the relative benefit of a drug, the results of well- executed randomized controlled trials are considered better evidence than results of cohort, case- control, and cross-sectional studies.

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Of these patients generic meldonium 500mg without a prescription, 64% were prescribed a proton pump inhibitor buy generic meldonium 500mg on line. Multivariable analysis found that there was an increased risk of death or rehospitalization for ACS in those patients taking both clopidogrel and a proton pump inhibitor; adjusted odds ratio 1 cheap meldonium 250 mg free shipping. The analysis controlled for multiple variables, included demographic characteristics, comorbidities, previous cardiac history, and other medications. In patients who had period with and without a proton pump inhibitor, but continued clopidogrel use, the risk of the primary outcome was also increased during the proton pump inhibitor periods; adjusted odds ratio 1. In addition to the primary outcome, secondary outcomes were evaluated. The risk of rehospitalization for ACS was increased (adjusted odds ratio 1. The authors also conducted a nested case-control analysis with these data in an attempt to confirm their findings, resulting in an adjusted odds ratio of 1. Multiple sensitivity analyses were conducted, with no meaningful change to the results. This study was conducted using data from the Veteran’s Affairs hospitals, and no patients were taking esomeprazole. Too few patients were taking pantoprazole or lansoprazole to be able to conduct individual analyses, but omeprazole and rabeprazole resulted in increased adjusted odds ratios for the primary outcome (adjusted odds ratios: 1. Analysis by dose of proton pump inhibitor indicated did not indicate a dose-response relationship. A population-based nested case-control study examined data from all patients in Ontario, Canada who were prescribed clopidogrel after hospital discharge following a myocardial 277 infarction between April 2002 and December 2007. Among this group, cases were identified as patients who were rehospitalized for myocardial infarction within 90 days of discharge (N=734), while controls were those who were not. Controls were identified in a 3:1 ratio to cases and matched on age, percutaneous coronary intervention, and a validated risk score (N=2057). Proton pump inhibitor exposure was defined as current (within 30 days of rehospitalization), previous (31 to 90 days) or remote (91 to 180 days). The logistic regression analysis controlled for demographic variables, socioeconomic status, Charlson comorbidity index, length of stay during initial admission for myocardial infarction, and 9 comorbid conditions (for example diabetes). A similar adjusted odds ratio was found in this study as the cohort study; 1. Previous or remote use was not associated with an increased risk of recurrent myocardial infarction. All-cause mortality was again not affected statistically significantly (adjusted odds ratio 0. Analysis of recurrent myocardial infarction within 1 year of initial discharge also indicated an increased risk with current proton pump inhibitor use; odds ratio 1. Because pantoprazole does not inhibit the P450 2C19 enzyme system responsible for activation of clopidogrel, it has been suggested that it may not result in a clinically-relevant drug interaction. An analysis of pantoprazole alone (N=cases 46, controls 125) found no statistically significant increase in risk (adjusted odds ratio 1. Analysis of all other proton pump inhibitors (which inhibit the P450 2C19 enzyme system to varying degrees) together resulted in increased risk; adjusted odds ratio 1. Analysis stratified further by individual proton pump inhibitor was not undertaken; insufficient data may have prevented such analysis. Proton pump inhibitors Page 67 of 121 Final Report Update 5 Drug Effectiveness Review Project Because these are post-hoc sub-group analyses of small groups, further research is needed to confirm these findings. Pregnancy A multicenter, prospective cohort study enrolled 410 pregnant women who had sought counseling after exposure to omeprazole (N=295), lansoprazole (N=62), or pantoprazole (N=53) 278 between 1992 and 2001. Details of exposure were collected during pregnancy before pregnancy outcome was known, and follow-up was performed in the neonatal period. A control group of 868 women who had been counseled during pregnancy about exposures known to be nonteratogenic served as a control group. There were some differences between control and treatment groups at baseline (for example, number of children was larger in then treatment than the control group), and confounders were not controlled for in the analysis. There was a higher rate of elective termination of pregnancy in the omeprazole and lansoprazole groups than the control group. Two of these terminations in the omeprazole group, 1 in the lansoprazole group, 0 in the pantoprazole group, and 5 in the control group were because of prenatal diagnosis of anomalies. There was no difference in the rate of major anomaly between each of the 3 groups and the control group; the relative risk was 0. Median birth weight was lower by 60 grams in the omeprazole group than the control group, but no difference was seen between groups for median gestational age at delivery or rates of preterm birth, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or stillbirth. Applicability Applicability of most trials to community practice was difficult to determine. These studies generally excluded patients who had serious medical conditions. In addition, although most treatment and control groups received standard doses of anti-ulcer drug, there were instances where doses were higher or lower than typical. In trials comparing maintenance treatment or different strategies for longer-term treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, patients were enrolled on the basis of a successful response to acute treatment. This preselection may have resulted in a group of patients who were adherent to treatment, who were able to tolerate any side effects, and whose disease was less severe in comparison with patients who were not enrolled. Another concern is that of studies that stated their funding source, most were funded by the pharmaceutical industry, and industry employees often served as co-authors. SUMMARY Table 17 summarizes the evidence for this report. Summary table Key Question Strength of evidence Conclusion Key Question 1. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, short-term efficacy Erosive gastroesophageal Good In 16 head-to-head trials, the only difference between reflux disease: Symptoms proton pump inhibitors on the outcome of complete Proton pump inhibitors Page 68 of 121 Final Report Update 5 Drug Effectiveness Review Project Key Question Strength of evidence Conclusion symptom relief at 4 weeks was in the comparison of esomeprazole 40 mg with omeprazole 20 mg; the pooled risk difference in 3 trials was 8% (95% CI 3 to 13), with a number needed to treat of 13. Time to relief of heartburn was similar for all proton pump inhibitors in head-to-head trials, but the methods used to measure and report this outcome varied in the 14 studies. Erosive gastroesophageal Good Good evidence shows no difference between reflux disease: Esophagitis omeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole, and healing rabeprazole for healing of esophagitis. Thirteen head- to-head trials found these 4 proton pump inhibitors to be equally effective in healing at 4 and 8 weeks.

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These patients require a prolonged therapy with glucocorticoids or a different treatment (Cheng 2003) cheap 500mg meldonium free shipping. After four cycles of dexam- ethasone given for four days every 14 days in 74% of the patients a long-term response (median time of 8 months) can be seen (Mazzucconi 2007) purchase meldonium mastercard. Using steroids it has to be kept in mind that particularly prolonged treatment is associated with a high risk of even fatal infectious complications (Portielje 2001 cheap 250mg meldonium free shipping, Zimmer 2004). Intravenous immunoglobulins: are costly and often given after failure of gluco- corticoids, in the case of contraindications against glucocorticoids or in a situation with life-threatening bleeding. The standard dose is 1 g/kg body weight for 1–2 days. Without maintenance therapy the platelet count will decrease in most patients and it drops to the pre-treatment levels after about a month (Godeau 2007). Anti-(Rh)D: The intravenous anti-(Rh)D application is an interesting treatment option. The mechanism of action is assumed to be mediated through the destruc- tion of antibody-coated (Rh)D positive red blood cells (RBC). The preferential clear- ance of antibody-coated RBC by macrophages particularly in the spleen leads to an Fc receptor blockade sparing the destruction of autoantibody-coated platelets (Scaradavou 1997). The response rate in HIV-related thrombocytopenia was 64% (Scaradavou 1997). The peak platelet count was significantly higher and the dura- tion of response significantly longer in HIV+ patients treated with anti-(Rh)D com- pared to intravenous immunoglobulins (Scaradavou 2007). WhinRhoÒ SDF (Cangene Corporation) is the first anti-D immunoglobulin approved for use in HIV-related thrombocytopenia. The recommended initial dose for adults is 50 µg/kg body weight administered i. In patients with a hemoglobin level less than 10 g/dl a reduced dose is recommended. It has to be kept in mind that anti- (Rh)D is only suitable for (Rh)D positive patients who are not splenectomized. An important adverse event is a decrease of the hemoglobin level by hemolysis. In a large study of 272 patients the mean hemoglobin decrease was 0. Patients with pre-existing hemolysis (Evans syndrome) should not be treated with anti-(Rh)D. Splenectomy: is effective even after failure of treatment with glucocorticoids and intravenous immunoglobulins. Most studies in HIV+ patients showed a high response rate of more than two-thirds of patients with a normalization of the platelet count in most responders. Although relapses occur, most of the patients show a sustained increase of their platelet count (Oksenhendler 1993). Worsening of the immunodeficiency by splenectomy leading to an acceleration of the HIV infection was a major concern about this procedure which, however, was not seen at long term follow up (Oksenhendler 1993). Independent of HIV status patients undergo- ing splenectomy are at increased risk of life-threatening bacterial infections. For prophylaxis polyvalent pneumococcal vaccine, Hemophilus influenzae type b, and meningococcal vaccine should be given at least two weeks prior to splenectomy. A response in HIV+ patients with CD4 T cells of less than 400/µl is uncertain (Greub 1996). Considering the other treatment options splenectomy should only be performed in individuals presenting with therapy-resistant severe HIV-related throm- bocytopenia. Particularly because of morbidity splenectomy should be postponed for at least 6 months after diagnosis since late partial or complete responses can occur subsequent to efficient HIV suppression and additional therapy of the thrombocy- topenia. Successful treatment was also reported in HIV-related thrombocytopenia (Ahmad 2004). However, particularly in patients with low CD4 T cells (<100/µl), rituximab should only be used after thoroughly considering the possibly increased risk of infections caused by B cell depletion through the anti-CD20 antibody. Several HIV-negative cases of pro- gressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy with fatal outcome have been observed after rituximab therapy (Carson 2009). A systematic review of the literature on the efficacy of rituximab in adults (age >15 years) with non-HIV immune thrombocy- topenia revealed a response rate (thrombocytes >50,000/µl) of 62%. A response was usually seen 3–8 weeks after the first infusion of rituximab and lasted from 2–48 months (Arnold 2007). In patients with relapsed/refractory immune thrompocy- topenia a replacement of splenectomy by rituximab is being discussed (Godeau 2007). Interferon- : significantly increased platelet counts in a small randomized, placebo- controlled study on patients with HIV-related thrombocytopenia. At a dose of 3 million units three times weekly for four weeks an increase of >60,000 platelets/µl was observed within three weeks of treatment. Subsequent to therapy interruption the platelet counts slowly returned to pre-treatment values (Marroni 1994). They can be increased again on reinstitution of interferon- therapy. Treatment of refractory HIV-related thrombocytopenia may be particularly promising in patients coinfected with HCV. Adverse events of interferon- are flu-like symptoms, depression and, less frequently, cytopenias. Thrombopoietin receptor agonists: are a new treatment option in non-HIV immune thrombocytopenia. In a phase III study a platelet response occurred in 79% of the splenectomized and in 88% of the non-splenectomized patients with non-HIV immune thrombocytopenia after s. These responses were durable (platelet count >50,000/µl for >6 weeks) in 38% of the splenec- tomized and in 61% of the non-splenectomized patients (Kuter 2008). The recom- mended starting dose for romiplostim is 1 µg/kg given s.

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