Pancreatin is a supplement used to treat a disorder in the pancreas (an organ near the stomach). It is helpful for those who are unable to properly digest food due to a lack of digestive enzymes made by the pancreas.
It is used on certain conditions such as cystic fibrosis (a disease that causes thick, sticky mucus build up in the lungs) or pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).
Take Pancreatin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Food instructions when taking this supplement may vary. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about whether you should take Pancreatin with or without food. Certain brands may be taken differently. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Pancreatin is available as a tablet, capsule, powder or granule.
Tablets or capsules should be swallowed whole. If you have difficulty swallowing, you may mix (without crushing) the contents of the capsule with water, acidic fluid (e.g. apple, orange or pineapple juice) or soft food (e.g. apple sauce, yoghurt). Do not hold Pancreatin tablet, capsule or its content in your mouth, as this could cause irritation in your mouth.
If you are taking powder or granules, swallow it or mix it with water or milk.
Do not allow the mixture to stand. Take it immediately after mixing.
Ensure sufficient fluid intake. It is important to maintain adequate hydration while you are being treated with Pancreatin.
The dose of this supplement will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on your condition.
Pancreatin must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this supplement even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your supplement, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- gout (abnormal metabolism of uric acid)
- allergies to pork
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Pancreatin may cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, and mouth irritation.
If you experience unusual stomach pain or discomfort, alert your doctor immediately.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.