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Creon is a medication prescribed to increase pancreatic enzymes that may become low due to cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis, or certain other conditions. It contains a mixture of lipases, proteases, and amylases from the pancreatic glands in pigs. The drug comes as an extended-release capsule that is taken with each meal. Side effects may include coughing, dizziness, and vomiting.
- This medication comes in the form of an extended-release capsule. It is usually taken by mouth with each meal, or before each feeding for an infant.
- For infants, the capsules should be opened and the contents poured directly into the mouth or onto a small amount of applesauce or commercially prepared pear or banana baby food. Follow immediately with formula or breastfeeding.
- For small children or other individuals unable to swallow capsules, open the capsules and sprinkle the contents on room-temperature, slightly acidic food, such as applesauce. Swallow (without chewing) the applesauce completely and immediately. Follow with water or juice.
- Do not crush or chew the capsules, as this will destroy the extended-release properties of the capsules and may cause mouth irritation.
- For Creon to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Your symptoms will return if you stop taking this medication.