Proceedings of the Western Pharmacology Society

Metabolism of omeprazole after two oral doses in children 1 to 9 months old.

PMID 16416673


Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been used recently for gastrointestinal esophageal reflux disease (GERD) in children older than one year with good results. However, the pharmacokinetics of PPIs have not been studied in children less than two years old. The aim of our study was to evaluate the frequency of the main phenotypes of the metabolizing enzymes CYP2C19 and CYP3A4 in Mexican infants. Our results indicate no significant difference between the 0.5 and the 1.5 mg/kg doses. The percentage of CYP2C19-poor metabolizers was 17% in babies below 4 months and was not detected in children above 3 months. When a combined CYP2C19- and CYP3A4- phenotype was estimated, omeprazole levels were significantly higher in poor metabolizers than in extended metabolizers. The percentage of ultra-extensive metabolizers in children older than 3 months were 20% and 33% for CYP2C19 and CYP3A4 respectively, compared to only 6% and 9% respectively, in babies between 1 and 3 months old. In general children, under 4 months had higher omeprazole levels and an immature metabolism. Studies in children older than 2 years old have showed similar pharmacokinetics to adults. For children between 1 month old and up to 9 months, we suggest the use of the 0.5 mg/kg dose, since it prevents accumulation in poor metabolizers, caution is recommended to identify ultra-fast metabolizers, but this would require new studies.

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