DesignRx delivers pharmacy value and service
for your specialty medication needs
  Home  
  Counseling  
  Compounding  
  How to Order  
  Contact Us  

pancrelipase

pancrelipase

Pronunciation: pan kre LYE pace

Brand: Creon, Pancreaze, Pertzye, Ultresa, Viokace, Zenpep

What is the most important information I should know about pancrelipase?

Multum donot

You should not take pancrelipase if you are allergic to pork proteins, or if you have a sudden onset of pancreatitis or worsening of a long-term problem with your pancreas.

What is pancrelipase?

Pancrelipase is a combination of three enzymes (proteins): lipase, protease, and amylase. These enzymes are normally produced by the pancreas and are important in the digestion of fats, proteins, and sugars.

Pancrelipase is used to replace these enzymes when the body does not have enough of its own. Certain medical conditions can cause this lack of enzymes, including cystic fibrosis, chronic inflammation of the pancreas, or blockage of the pancreatic ducts.

Pancrelipase may also be used following surgical removal of the pancreas.

Pancrelipase may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking pancrelipase?

Multum donot

You should not take pancrelipase if you are allergic to pork proteins, or if you have a sudden onset of pancreatitis or worsening of a long-term problem with your pancreas.

To make sure you can safely take pancrelipase, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease;
  • gout; or
  • a history of blockage in your intestines.
Multum nopreg

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether pancrelipase will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Multum nobrfeed

It is not known whether pancrelipase passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take pancrelipase?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Multum food

Pancrelipase should be taken with a meal or snack.

Multum water

Take the medicine with a full glass of water or juice.

Do not hold the tablets or capsule contents in your mouth. The medication may irritate the inside of your mouth.

Multum nocrush

Do not crush, chew, break, or open a delayed-release capsule. Swallow it whole.

You may open the pancrelipase capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of pudding or applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow the mixture right away without chewing. Do not save for later use.

Multum donot

Do not inhale the powder from a pancrelipase capsule, or allow it to touch your skin. It may cause irritation, especially to your nose and lungs.

Use pancrelipase regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Multum rt

Store in the original container at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

This medicine may also be stored between 77 and 104 degrees F for up to 30 days. After 30 days, throw any unused pancrelipase that has been stored at these higher temperatures.

Multum donot

Do not use the medicine if it has been exposed to temperatures above 104 degrees F.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Multum emt

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking pancrelipase?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What are the possible side effects of pancrelipase?

Multum emt

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Multum calldoc

Call your doctor at once if you have severe or unusual stomach pain. This could be a symptom of a rare but serious bowel disorder.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea or vomiting;
  • mild stomach pain or upset;
  • diarrhea or constipation;
  • bloating or gas;
  • greasy stools;
  • rectal irritation;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • cough; or
  • weight loss.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect pancrelipase?

Other drugs may interact with pancrelipase, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about pancrelipase.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided by Cerner Multum, Inc. ('Multum') is accurate, up-to-date, and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. Multum information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States and therefore Multum does not warrant that uses outside of the United States are appropriate, unless specifically indicated otherwise. Multum's drug information does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Multum's drug information is an informational resource designed to assist licensed healthcare practitioners in caring for their patients and/or to serve consumers viewing this service as a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill, knowledge and judgment of healthcare practitioners. The absence of a warning for a given drug or drug combination in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or drug combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. Multum does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of information Multum provides. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the drugs you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Copyright 1996-2014 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 6.05. Revision date: 11/5/2013.

Your use of the content provided in this service indicates that you have read, understood and agree to the End-User License Agreement, which can be accessed by clicking on this link.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

Last modified on: 21 November 2014


How was your experience with our pharmacy? Click here to tell us!

Injections: Having ny first IVF experience now. Got my injections in the mail yesterday and I am terrified. I ...
TTC# 1 and Frustrated/PCOS: Hello Ladies, I am new to the forum and welcome any advice possible. I am 36 years old and have...
40 - First time IVF - Thoughts and Feelings: I am 40 years old, almost 41 and just finished my first round of IVF. The doctor was able to only ta...
Other Categories:


Copyright HealthBanks, Inc. All rights reserved. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy