This medication is a digestive enzyme combination, prescribed for dyspepsia (indigestion), cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, and pancreatectomy. It helps the body to digest protein, starch, and fat.
How does Pancreatin work:
It breaks down protein into peptides, proteoses and derived substances, and convert starch into dextrins and sugars.
How should Pancreatin be used:
It comes as a powder, tablet, and capsule to take by mouth, with food and plenty of water.
Common side effects of Pancreatin :
GI effects e.g. abdominal discomfort, nausea and vomiting. Buccal and perianal irritation, particularly in infants. Colonic strictures may occur, mainly in children with cystic fibrosis receiving high doses of pancreatin preparations. Hyperuricaemia and hyperuricosuria may occur.
What do I do if I miss a dose
Call your doctor to find out what to do
What precautions should I take when taking Pancreatin :
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. If you are breast-feeding.
When do I need to seek medical help
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Signs of infection.
Can I take Pancreatin with other medicines:
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Are there any food restrictions
How do I store Pancreatin :
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.