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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Pancrelipase Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

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U.S. Brand Names

Creon®; Pancrease® MT [DSC]; Pancreaze™; Pancrecarb MS® [DSC]; Pancrelipase™; Pangestyme™ CN [DSC]; Pangestyme™ EC [DSC]; Pangestyme™ MT [DSC]; Pangestyme™ UL [DSC]; Plaretase® 8000 [DSC]; Ultrase® MT [DSC]; Ultrase® [DSC]; Viokase® [DSC]; Zenpep™

Canadian Brand Names

Cotazym®; Creon®; Pancrease®; Pancrease® MT; Ultrase®; Ultrase® MT; Viokase®

Pharmacologic Category


What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to pancrelipase, pork, or any other part of the medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Pancrelipase acts as an enzyme replacement.

• It aids in digestion of proteins, starches, and fats.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with food.

• Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

• You may sprinkle contents of capsule on soft food or liquid. Do not chew. Swallow right away and follow with water or juice.

• Do not take dairy products, iron or folic acid with this medicine.

• Drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature.

• Protect from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 14:50:59.0

Modified: 2010-08-03 11:23:41.0

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