PANCRELIPASE - ORAL ENTERIC COATED CAPSULE (pan-kreh-LIP-aze)
COMMON BRAND NAME(S):
Cotazym-S, Creon, Pancrease, Pancron, Protilase, Ultrase, Zymase
This medication contains digestive enzymes which help digest and absorb foods. It is used to treat symptoms of pancreatitis or other various digestive disorders.
HOW TO TAKE THIS MEDICATION:
This medication works best if taken with or after meals. Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush or chew it. The capsule may also be opened, the contents sprinkled on a small amount of soft food (e.g., gelatin, applesauce) and the food swallowed immediately without chewing. Do not mix the contents of the capsule with alkaline foods such as milk or ice cream because the protective coating may dissolve prematurely. Antacids may hinder the effects of this medication. Do not take an antacid at the same time as this medication. Wait at least two hours between administration.
Generally this medication is very well tolerated and side effects are mild if they occur. Diarrhea, cramping or stomach upset may occur when starting treatment. If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Although very unlikely to occur, notify your doctor if you develop a skin rash or severe stomach distress while taking this medication. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to pork. This medication should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Take any missed dose as soon as possible but not if it is almost time for the next dose. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. Do not “double-up” the dose.
Store at room temperature and keep away from moisture and heat. Do not store in the bathroom.
Revision date: June 11, 2011
Last revised: by Janet A. Staessen, MD, PhD
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