Rolaz 40mg Capsules



ROLAZ (Omeprazole) a substituted benzimidazole, is a proton pump inhibitor that inhibits gastric acid secretion. Chemically omeprazole is 5-methoxy-2-[[(4-methoxy-3, 5-dimethyl-2-pyridinyl) methyl] sulfinyl]-1Hbenzimidazole. The molecular formula is C17H19N3O3S and the structural formula is Qualitative & Quantitative Composition Clinical Pharmacology.

Mechanism of Action

Omeprazole reduces gastric acid secretion through a unique mechanism of action.

Omeprazole belongs to a new class of anti-secretory compounds, the substituted benzimidazoles that do not exhibit anti-cholinergic or histamine antagonistic properties. It inhibits secretion of gastric acid by irreversibly blocking the enzyme system of hydrogen/potassium adenosine triphosphatase (H+/K+ ATPase), the proton pump of the gastric parietal cell. This effect is dose-related and leads to inhibition of both basal and stimulated acid secretion irrespective of the stimulus.



Omeprazole is acid-labile and is administered orally as enteric-coated pellets in capsules. Omeprazole is rapidly but variably absorbed following oral administration, with peak plasma levels of omeprazole occurring within 0.5 to 3.5 hours. Absorption of omeprazole is not affected by food and also appears to be dose dependent. Increasing the dosage above 40mg has been reported to increase the plasma concentrations in a non-linear fashion because of saturable first pass metabolism. Absorption is higher after long- term administration. The apparent volume of distribution in healthy subjects is approximately 0.3 l/kg body weight.

The systemic bioavailability of omeprazole is approximately 35%. After repeated once daily administration, the bioavailability increases to about 60%. The plasma protein binding is approximately 95%.

 Metabolism & Excretion

Following absorption, omeprazole is almost completely metabolized in the liver, primarily by the cytochrome P450 isoenzyme CYP2C19 to form hydroxy-omeprazole and to a small extent by CYP3A4 to form omeprazole sulfone. These metabolites are inactive and excreted mostly in the urine and to a lesser extent in the bile. The majority of the dose (about 77%) is eliminated in the urine and the remainder, recoverable in the feces. The elimination half-life from plasma is reported to be about 0.5 to 3 hours.

Omeprazole is completely eliminated from plasma between doses with no tendency for accumulation during once-daily administration. The AUC of omeprazole increases with repeated administration. This increase is dose – dependent and results in a non linear dose-AUC relationship after repeated administration. The time and dose dependency is due to a decrease of first pass metabolism and systemic clearance probably caused by an inhibition of the CYP2C19 enzyme by omeprazole and/or its metabolites.

Special Populations


Available data from children (1 year and older) suggest that the pharmacokinetics within the recommended doses are similar to those reported in adults. At steady state, lower plasma levels of omeprazole were seen in some children. In children younger than 6 months, clearance of omeprazole is low due to low capacity tometabolize omeprazole.


The bioavailability of omeprazole may be increased in elderly patients. The metabolism rate of omeprazole is somewhat reduced in patients in between ages 75 to 79 years.

Renal Insufficiency

The systemic bioavailability of omeprazole is not significantly altered in patients with reduced renal function. Therefore, dose adjustment is not required.

Hepatic Insufficiency

The area under the plasma concentration-time curve is increased in patients with impaired liver function, but no tendency to accumulation of omeprazole has been found.

Therapeutic Indications

ROLAZ (Omeprazole) is indicated in adults for the treatment of:

Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD):

Treatment of erosive reflux esophagitis.

Long term management of patients with healed esophagitis to prevent relapse.

Symptomatic treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

  • Gastric and duodenal ulcer.
  • Treatment and prophylaxis of NSAID-associated ulceration.
  • Eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection associated with peptic ulcer disease.
  • Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
  • Dyspepsia.
  • Prophylaxis of acid aspiration.

Children over 1 year of age and 10 kg.

Treatment of reflux oesophagitis.

Symptomatic treatment of heartburn and acid regurgitation in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

Children and adolescents over 4 years of age In combination with antibiotics in the treatment of duodenal ulcer caused by Helicobacter pylori.

Rolaz Dosage And Administration

ROLAZ (Omeprazole) capsule is given by mouth, which should be swallowed whole and not crushed or chewed. Symptomatic gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) without esophagitis:

The recommended adult oral dose is 20mg daily for up to 4 weeks.

Erosive esophagitis:

The recommended adult oral dose for the treatment of patients with erosive esophagitis and accompanying symptoms due to GERD is 20mg daily for 4 to 8 weeks.

Maintenance of healing of erosive esophagitis: The recommended adult oral dose is 20 mg daily.

Dosage for children in GERD: In children, doses in the ranges 0.7 to 1.4mg per kg body weight daily, up to a maximum daily dose of 40mg have been given for 4 to 12 weeks.

Children over 1 year of age and 10 kg

Gastric and duodenal ulcer:

A single daily dose of 20mg by mouth or 40mg in severe cases is given. Treatment is continued for 4 weeks for duodenal ulcer and 8 weeks for gastric ulcer. Where appropriate, a dose of 10mg to 20mg once daily may be given for maintenance.

Prevention of relapse of duodenal ulcers:

For the prevention of relapse of duodenal ulcer in Helicobacter pylori negative patients or when Helicobacter pylori eradication is not possible the recommended dose is 20mg once daily. In some patients a daily dose of 10mg may be sufficient.In case of therapy failure, the dose can be increased to 40mg.

Prevention of relapse of gastric ulcers:

For the prevention of relapse in patients with poorly responsive gastric ulcer the recommended dose is 20mg once daily. If needed the dose can be increased to 40mg once daily.

NSAID-associated ulceration:

Doses of 20mg daily are used in the treatment of NSAID-associated ulceration. A dose of 20mg daily may also be used for prophylaxis in patients with a previous history of gastroduodenal lesions who require continued NSAID treatment.

Helicobacter pylori eradication:

For the eradication of Helicobacter pylori in peptic ulceration omeprazole 40mg daily may be combined with antibacterials in dual therapy or omeprazole 20mg twice daily may be combined with antibacterials in triple therapy. omeprazole alone may be continued for a further 2 to 8 weeks.

Zollinger-Ellison syndrome:

The initial recommended dosage is 60mg by mouth once daily, adjusted as required. The majority of patients are effectively controlled by doses in the range 20mg to 120mg daily, but doses up to 120mg three times daily have been used. Daily doses above 80mg should be administered in divided doses.

Dyspepsia: For the relief of acid-related dyspepsia omeprazole is given in usual doses of 10mg or 20mg daily by mouth for 2 to 4 weeks.

Prophylaxis of acid aspiration: Omeprazole is also used for the prophylaxis of acid aspiration during general anesthesia, in a dose of 40mg the evening before surgery and a further 40mg two to six hours before the procedure.

Dosage for Hepatic Impaired Patients:

A maximum daily dose of 20mg is recommended for patients with impaired hepatic function.


Omeprazole is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to any component of the formulation or to substituted benzimidazoles. Omeprazole must not be used concomitantly with nelfinavir.

Adverse Reactions

Omeprazole is well tolerated and the adverse reactions have generally been mild and reversible.


Central and peripheral nervous system: Headache. Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting and flatulence.


Central and peripheral nervous system: Dizziness, paraesthesia, somnolence, insomnia and vertigo.

Hepatic: Increased liver enzymes

Skin: Rash and/or pruritis, urticaria

Other: Malaise


Central and peripheral nervous system: Reversible mental confusion, agitation, aggression, depression and hallucinations, predominantly in severely ill patients.

Endocrine: Gynecomastia

Gastrointestinal: Dry mouth, stomatitis and gastrointestinal candidiasis.

Hematological: Leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, agranulocytosis and pancytopenia.

Gastro-duodenal carcinoids have been reported in patients with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome on long-term treatment with omeprazole.


  • When gastric ulcer is suspected, the possibility of malignancy should be excluded as treatment may alleviate symptoms and delay diagnosis.
  • Prior to initiation of dual or triple therapy, the physician should consider the patient with known hypersensitivity reactions to penicillin, macrolides and other antibiotics.
  • Omeprazole, as all acid-blocking medicines, may reduce the absorption of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) due to hypo-or achlorhydria. This should be considered in patients with reduced body stores or risk factors for reduced   vitamin B12 absorptio n on long-term therapy.
  • Severe hypomagnesemia has been reported in patients treated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like omeprazole for at least three months, and in most cases for a year.
  • Proton pump inhibitors, especially if used in high doses and over long durations of greater than one year, may modestly increase the risk of hip, wrist and spine fracture, predominantly in the elderly or in presence of other recognized risk  factors.
 Hepatic impairment:

Consideration should be given to reducing the dose of omeprazole in patients with impaired hepatic function as bioavailability and half-life can increase.


There are no adequate or well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Omeprazole should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Nursing Mothers:

It is not known whether omeprazole is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from omeprazole, a decision should be made whether, to discontinue nursing or to discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Drug interactions

In common with the use of other inhibitors of acid secretion or antacids, the absorption of ketoconazole and itraconazole can decrease during treatment with omeprazole due to decreased intragastric acidity during treatment with omeprazole.

Omeprazole is metabolized by CYP2C19. Thus, when omeprazole is combined with drugs metabolised by CYP2C19, such as diazepam, citalopram,imipramine, clomipramine, phenytoin etc., the plasma   concentrations of these drugs may be increased and a dose reduction could be needed.


The plasma levels of atazanavir are decreased in case of co-administration with omeprazole therefore concomitant administration of omeprazole with atazanavir is not recommended.

Other active substances

The absorption of posaconazole, erlotinib, ketoconazole and itraconazole is significantly reduced and thus clinical efficacy may be impaired. For posaconazole and erlotinib concomitant use should be avoided.


Concomitant administration of omeprazole has been reported to increase the serum levels of tacrolimus. A  reinforced monitoring of tacrolimus concentrations as well as renal function (creatinine c clearance) should  be performed, and dosage of tacrolimus adjusted if needed.


When given together with proton-pump inhibitors, methotrexate levels have been reported to increase in some patients. In high-dose methotrexate administration a temporary withdrawal of omeprazole may need to be considered.

Inhibitors CYP2C19 and/or CYP3A4

Active substances known to inhibit CYP2C19 or CYP3A4 (such as clarithromycin and voriconazole) may lead to increased omeprazole serum levels by decreasing omeprazole rate of metabolism. Concomitant voriconazole treatment resulted in more than doubling of the omeprazole exposure. As high doses of omeprazole have been well-tolerated adjustment of the omeprazole dose is not generally required. However, dose adjustment should be considered in patients with severe hepatic impairment and if long-term treatment is indicated. Inducers of CYP2C19 and/or CYP3A4 Active substances known to induce CYP2C19 or CYP3A4 or both (such as rifampicin and St John’s wort) may lead to decreased omeprazole serum levels by increasing omeprazole rate of metabolism.



Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, abdominal pain, diarrhea and headache have been reported. Also apathy,  depression and confusion have been described in single cases. The symptoms described have been  transient and no serious outcome has been reported.


No specific antidote for omeprazole overdosage is known. Omeprazole is extensively protein bound and is,therefore, not readily dialyzable. In the event of overdosage treatment should be symptomatic and supportive.


Store below 300C. Protect from sunlight and moisture.

The expiration date refers to the product correctly stored at the required conditions


ROLAZ (Omeprazole) 20mg capsules are available in blister pack of 10’s & 14’s

ROLAZ (Omeprazole) 40mg capsules are available in blister pack of 14’s

(Made in Pakistan)


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