Novel therapeutic agents in neurogastroenterology: Advances in the past year

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Background : There have been significant advances in understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms in patients with neurogastroenterological disorders including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional abdominal pain, functional diarrhea, chronic constipation, gastroparesis, and functional dyspepsia. These advances have led to the development of novel pharmacological therapy of neurogastroenterological disorders. Purpose : To review peer-reviewed articles or prominent preliminary communications presented in the past year regarding medications in development for functional gastrointestinal disorders or gastroparesis. The medications fall into two main categories: first, established classes of medications within established classes, such as 5-HT3 receptor antagonists and 5-HT4 receptor agonists, and second, new classes of medications such as a combined μ-opioid agonist and δ-antagonist, or a small molecule ghrelin agonist.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1070-1078
Number of pages9
JournalNeurogastroenterology and Motility
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2014


  • Medications
  • Neurogastroenterological disorders
  • Novel therapeutics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Gastroenterology


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