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Coprescribing proton-pump inhibitors with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: risks versus benefits

Authors Gwee KA, Goh V, Lima G, Setia S

Received 13 November 2017

Accepted for publication 5 January 2018

Published 14 February 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 361—374


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Katherine Hanlon

Kok Ann Gwee,1 Vernadine Goh,2 Graca Lima,3 Sajita Setia4

1Stomach, Liver, and Bowel Centre, Gleneagles Hospital, 2Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore, Singapore; 3Global Medical Affairs, Asia-Pacific Region, Pfizer, Hong Kong; 4Medical Affairs, Pfizer, Singapore

Abstract: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often coadministered with proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) to reduce NSAID-induced gastrointestinal (GI) adverse events. This coadministration is generally regarded as safe, and is included in many of the guidelines on NSAID prescription. However, recent evidence indicates that the GI risks associated with NSAIDs can be potentiated when they are combined with PPIs. This review discusses the GI effects and complications of NSAIDs and how PPIs may potentiate these effects, options for prevention of GI side effects, and appropriate use of PPIs in combination with NSAIDs.

Keywords: PPIs, COX2 inhibitors, NSAIDs, enteropathy, gastrointestinal

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