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Pertzye is prescribed to treat people who are deficient in pancreatic enzymes. Available as a delayed-release capsule, the medication is taken with each meal and snack. It works by providing the body with lipases, proteases, and amylases derived from the pancreatic glands in pigs. Although most people tolerate the drug well, side effects can occur and may include coughing, diarrhea, and heartburn.
- This medication comes in the form of a delayed-release capsule. It is usually taken by mouth with each meal and snack.
- For small children or other individuals unable to swallow capsules, open the capsules and sprinkle the contents on a cold, slightly acidic food like applesauce. Swallow the applesauce completely and immediately, without chewing. Follow with water or juice.
- Do not crush or chew the capsules, as this will destroy their extended-release properties and may cause mouth irritation.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Your symptoms will return if you stop taking Pertzye.