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Potassium-competitive acid blocker (P-CAB) is a class of drug that competitively blocks the potassium-binding site of H+, K+-adenosine triphosphate (ATP)ase. Although the history of this class of drugs started over 30 years ago, clinical use of two P-CABs, revaprazan and vonoprazan, were only recently approved in Korea and Japan, respectively. Among them, vonoprazan has several advantages over conventional proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), including rapid onset of action, long duration of acid suppression, fewer interindividual variations in terms of acid suppression, and minimum dietary influence on its action. These advantages of vonoprazan have been proved in clinical trials conducted for license approvals for several acid-related diseases. In this review article, current evidence of vonoprazan in the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) will be summarized. Since the clinical trial data, as well as postmarketed clinical data, have consistently demonstrated superiority of vonoprazan over conventional PPIs in terms of achieving healing of mucosal breaks and maintaining the healing, it may provide an excellent, if not complete, option for fulfilling some of the unmet needs for current GERD therapy. The safety problem of vonoprazan is also discussed, as more pronounced hypergastrinemia inevitably ensues with its use.
PMID: 29383028 [PubMed]