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Pancrelipase

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What does it do?

Pancrelipase helps food digestion by replacing the enzymes usually made by the pancreas.

How should you take it?

Take pancrelipase as directed with each meal or snack, and a glass of water. You can swallow the capsules whole, or open and sprinkle the beads on soft foods. Do NOT crush or chew the beads.

What if you forget a dose?

Should an occasional dose be missed it need not be taken later.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with pancrelipase including:

  • antacids (e.g. Mylanta®) - do not take these within two hours of taking pancrelipase.

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Skin rash, itching

Trouble breathing

Trouble peeing, pain when peeing

Tell your doctor immediately

Stomach upset

Sore or itchy eyes

Sore mouth

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to pork, have stomach or bowel problems, or have had kidney stones or pancreatitis.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Avoid sprinkling the contents of capsules onto dairy products.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. May 2018

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed