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What is Pancrelipase used for?

Pancrelipase is a combination of digestive enzymes that help digest and absorb food. This medication is prescribed to replace digestive enzymes in our body when the pancreas cannot make enough on its own. It is used as a replacement therapy in certain medical conditions such as chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, cancer of the pancreas, and post-surgical removal of the pancreas. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Pancrelipase?

Like other medicines, Pancrelipase can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Pancrelipase are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Pancrelipase cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Pancrelipase develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Pancrelipase can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, headache, and dizziness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Pancrelipase.

What is the recommended dosage of Pancrelipase?

The dosage of Pancrelipase prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Pancrelipase?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Pancrelipase medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Pancrelipase?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Pancrelipase, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Pancrelipase?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Pancrelipase.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Pancrelipase, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Pancrelipase?

Is it possible for me to take Pancrelipase with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Pancrelipase?
What are the possible drug interactions of Pancrelipase?
How will Pancrelipase work in my body?
How should Pancrelipase be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Pancrelipase drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Pancrelipase is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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