Alternative drug to treat kids’ dyspepsia

A retrospective open-label study analysing response among 80 children and adolescents found those younger than 12 responded best.

A particularly high rate of response was reported in children with retching after fundoplication. 

Dr Avi Lemberg, head of paediatric gastroenterology at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, emphasised the drug should not be used first-line.

“It would be helpful… in children who have had surgery for reflux – as treatment post-surgery should they have ongoing symptoms,” he said. 

J Pediatr 2013; online 18 Feb

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