Available as an extended-release capsule, Creon® (pancrelipase) is a medicine that is taken with each meal to help treat pancreatic enzyme deficiencies. Specifically, it is used to treat these deficiencies caused by cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, or various other conditions. Your dosage will depend on your age, weight, and other factors.
This prescription medicine contains a mixture of different pancreatic enzymes taken from the pancreatic glands in pigs. Specifically, it contains lipases, proteases, and amylases. Lipases help to digest fats, proteases help to digest proteins, and amylases help to digest starches. Creon replaces the deficient digestive enzymes, allowing the food to be broken down and absorbed into the body.
(To learn more about these capsules, click Creon. This article discusses in detail how this drug can help replace certain pancreatic enzymes. It also takes a look at possible side effects, generic availability, what to do if you miss a dose, and more.)