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Latest generation effective relief of frequent heartburn available without a prescription!

OLEX is the first non-prescription PPI (proton pump inhibitor) in Canada that relieves frequent heartburn (≥ 2 days a week).* With one tablet per day for 14 days, you can enjoy effective relief from your heartburn!

* OLEX is not the right medicine for you if you suffer from heartburn once a week or less, or if you want immediate relief.

Soothing Proton Pump Inhibitor Action

OLEX belongs to a group of medicines called PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). These are strong enough to reduce the amount of acid the stomach makes. With one tablet a day for 14 days, OLEX suppresses the acid that causes frequent heartburn.*

OLEX works differently from other non-prescription heartburn products, such as antacids and other acid reducers. It stops acid production at the source, the acid pump inside your stomach that produces acid.

OLEX is the first and only non-prescription PPI available in Canada!

*Frequent heartburn occurs 2 or more days a week.
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OLEX stops acid production at the source, the acid pump inside your stomach that produces acid.
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OLEX Demonstrated
Heartburn Relief

OLEX starts to reduce acid production in just a few short hours, although it is not intended to give instant relief. Some people will experience complete relief within 24 hours, though it may take 3 to 5 days to feel the full effect of OLEX. Always make sure you take the entire 14-day treatment even if you start to feel better. This way you’ll ensure the control of your frequent heartburn* symptoms.

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If you need an immediate solution, you can take antacids. Make sure to talk to your doctor or pharmacist BEFORE you use OLEX if you are taking any other medicines to reduce stomach acid.

*Frequent heartburn occurs 2 or more days a week.

Safety Information

What’s in OLEX?

Medicinal ingredient: omeprazole magnesium.

Each 20 mg tablet contains the following non-medicinal ingredients (alphabetically): colloidal silicon dioxide, copovidone, croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, methacrylic acid copolymer, microcrystalline cellulose, red iron oxide, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium stearyl fumarate, talc, titanium dioxide and triethyl citrate.

Dosage form: OLEX is available in tablets containing 20 mg of omeprazole.

Who should not take OLEX

Do not take OLEX if you think you might be allergic to omeprazole or any of the other ingredients (see non-medicinal ingredients above).

Warnings and Precautions

Warning. Do not use if:

  • You have trouble or pain swallowing food, have bloody black stools or are vomiting with blood.
  • You have been having frequent heartburn for over 3 months.

This may be signs of a more serious condition. You may need different treatment. See your doctor immediately.

OLEX may decrease the efficacy of some drugs used for HIV treatment (atazanavir and nelfinavir) or heart disease (clopidogrel); these drugs should not be used with Omeprazole 20 mg.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist BEFORE you use OLEX if you:

  • Are taking any other medicines to reduce stomach acid
  • Have heartburn with light-headedness, sweating or dizziness
  • Have chest pain or shoulder pain with shortness of breath; sweating; pain spreading to arms, neck or shoulders
  • Have frequent wheezing, particularly with heartburn
  • Have unexplained weight loss
  • Have nausea or vomiting
  • Have stomach pain
  • Have jaundice or other liver problems
  • Have or have had a gastric ulcer or surgery on your stomach or bowels
  • Are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding

STOP USE and consult your doctor if:

  • You have severe and/or persistent diarrhea
  • Your heartburn continues or worsens
  • You need to take this product for more than 14 days
  • You need to take more than 1 course of treatment within a 4-month period
Drugs which may interact with OLEX

Certain drugs may interact with OLEX. Ask your doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking:

  • Atazanavir, Nelfinavir (medicines for HIV infection)
  • Cilostazol* (a medicine to treat leg pain)
  • Clarithromycin, Erythromycin (antibiotics)
  • Clopidogrel (a heart medicine)
  • Diazepam (an anxiety medicine)
  • Digoxin (a heart medicine)
  • Erlotinib (a medicine against cancer) or any other anticancer drug from the same class
  • Ketoconazole, Itraconazole, Voriconazole (antifungal or anti-yeast medicines)
  • Methotrexate (a medicine used against cancer)
  • Phenytoin (an epilepsy medicine)
  • St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
  • Tacrolimus (an immune system medicine)
  • Warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)

*not marketed in Canada

Possible side effects

OLEX may cause side effects in some people. Side effects are usually mild and go away a short time after starting OLEX.

Common side effects that may occur: cold or flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, excess gas, headache, nausea or vomiting, stomach pain. Uncommon side effects that may occur: altered liver values, dizziness, feeling of burning/prickliness/numbness of the skin, feeling sleepy, insomnia, itching, skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects. For more information about side effects, consult the Patient Information Leaflet included in your OLEX package. If you experience any bothersome or unusual effects while taking OLEX, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

How to take OLEX

The usual adult dose (18 years of age and older) is one tablet per day for a 14-day course of treatment.

Make OLEX part of your morning routine every day for 14 days. Take 1 tablet with a glass of water, before eating in the morning.

Remember:

  • Do NOT chew or crush tablets. This decreases how well OLEX works.
  • Do NOT take more than 1 tablet every 24 hours.
  • Do NOT use for more than 14 days unless directed by your doctor.
  • Do NOT repeat a 14-day course of treatment within a period of 4 months unless directed by your doctor.

When can I take OLEX again?
You should wait at least 4 months before taking another 14-day course of treatment. 

Overdose: In case of drug overdose, contact a healthcare practitioner, hospital emergency department or regional Poison Control Centre immediately, even if there are no symptoms.

Missed Dose: If you miss a dose and remember within 12 hours, take it as soon as possible. Then go back to your regular schedule. Do not take the missed tablet if more than 12 hours have passed. Just take your next dose on time.

This product may pose risks and may not be suitable for everyone. Please read and follow the label. For more information, contact the Drug Information Department at 1-888-550-6060 or by email at medinfo@pendopharm.com .

Get the facts.

Heartburn is a minor problem in Canada.

About a quarter of Canadians experience heartburn daily or even more often.

About a quarter of Canadians experience heartburn daily or even more often.

Heartburn can’t be controlled.

For the majority of heartburn sufferers, heartburn can be controlled. Over-the-counter or prescription medications, as well as lifestyle and diet changes can provide relief for the majority of heartburn sufferers.

For the majority of heartburn sufferers, heartburn can be controlled. Over-the-counter or prescription medications, as well as lifestyle and diet changes can provide relief for the majority of heartburn sufferers.

Heartburn is something I have to accept as part of my life.

Not true! There are diet and lifestyle changes, as well as over-the-counter medications that can provide you with heartburn relief. H2 blockers and PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) effectively suppress acid production.

That’s correct, you do not have to accept heartburn as part of your life! There are diet and lifestyle changes, as well as over-the-counter medications that can provide you with heartburn relief. H2 blockers and PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) effectively suppress acid production.

Heartburn is a minor health complaint.

Not true! Heartburn is something to take seriously. Persistent heartburn could be a symptom of other conditions, which, if left untreated, can cause complications that need medical attention. Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition commonly associated with heartburn symptoms.

Heartburn is something to take seriously. Persistent heartburn could be a symptom of other conditions, which, if left untreated, can cause complications that need medical attention. Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition commonly associated with heartburn symptoms.

If I take a drug to suppress acid, I may not be able to digest food.

Don’t worry! Acid-suppression drugs allow enough acid to be produced so that food can be digested normally.

That's correct! Acid-suppression drugs allow enough acid to be produced so that food can be digested normally.

Heartburn is a minor problem in Canada.

About a quarter of Canadians experience heartburn daily or even more often.

About a quarter of Canadians experience heartburn daily or even more often.

Heartburn can’t be controlled.

For the majority of heartburn sufferers, heartburn can be controlled. Over-the-counter or prescription medications, as well as lifestyle and diet changes can provide relief for the majority of heartburn sufferers.

For the majority of heartburn sufferers, heartburn can be controlled. Over-the-counter or prescription medications, as well as lifestyle and diet changes can provide relief for the majority of heartburn sufferers.

Heartburn is something I have to accept as part of my life.

Not true! There are diet and lifestyle changes, as well as over-the-counter medications that can provide you with heartburn relief. H2 blockers and PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) effectively suppress acid production.

That’s correct, you do not have to accept heartburn as part of your life! There are diet and lifestyle changes, as well as over-the-counter medications that can provide you with heartburn relief. H2 blockers and PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) effectively suppress acid production.

Heartburn is a minor health complaint.

Not true! Heartburn is something to take seriously. Persistent heartburn could be a symptom of other conditions, which, if left untreated, can cause complications that need medical attention. Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition commonly associated with heartburn symptoms.

Heartburn is something to take seriously. Persistent heartburn could be a symptom of other conditions, which, if left untreated, can cause complications that need medical attention. Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition commonly associated with heartburn symptoms.

If I take a drug to suppress acid, I may not be able to digest food.

Don’t worry! Acid-suppression drugs allow enough acid to be produced so that food can be digested normally.

That's correct! Acid-suppression drugs allow enough acid to be produced so that food can be digested normally.

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