2010 Volume 130 Issue 12 Pages 1743-1750
After coronary stent implantation, dual-antiplatelet therapy (DAT), such as aspirin and clopidogrel, is essential to prevent stent thrombosis. Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be used to prevent gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding during DAT, but there is no evidence for the efficacy of PPIs in this setting. Because both clopidogrel and PPIs are metabolized by cytochrome P450 (CYP) 2C19, there is a possibility that, through drug interaction, PPIs diminish the antiplatelet effect of clopidogrel. In this retrospective cohort study, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of rabeprazole in patients receiving DAT of clopidogrel and aspirin after drug-eluting stent implantation. In 199 patients treated with DAT alone (control group) and 103 patients treated with rabeprazole plus DAT (rabeprazole group), we examined the incidences of GI bleeding and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) including stent thrombosis. The incidence of GI bleeding was not significantly different between the groups (hazard ratio 0.47 [95% confidence interval 0.15-1.42], P=0.18; P=0.17 in log-rank test), although no patient with severe bleeding was observed in the rabeprazole group. The use of rabeprazole did not increase the incidence of MACE (hazard ratio 1.28 [95% confidence interval 0.54-3.00], P=0.56; P=0.56 in log-rank test). One patient who developed subacute stent thrombosis under DAT was genetically proven to be a CYP2C19 poor metabolizer. The effect of rabeprazole to prevent GI bleeding is limited in patients receiving DAT. It remains to be confirmed whether these results may depend on CYP2C19 polymorphisms or a class of PPIs.