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Ultresa is prescribed to treat people who are deficient in pancreatic enzymes. Available as an extended-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. Potential side effects may include headaches, nosebleeds, and a sore throat.
- This medication comes in the form of an extended-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 (such as applesauce or yogurt). Swallow (without chewing) the applesauce or yogurt 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 the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Your symptoms will return if you stop taking this medication.