Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Pancreaze include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of a delayed-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 administered directly into the mouth or with a small amount of applesauce. Follow immediately (within 15 minutes) with formula or breastfeeding. Do not mix the capsules directly in breast milk or formula.
- 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. 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 delayed-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.
The dose of Pancreaze your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on the following factors:
- Your age and weight
- Your diet (especially how much fat you eat)
- How you respond to the medication.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Pancreaze Dosage for more information.)
Just like any medicine, Pancreaze can cause side effects. However, in clinical studies, side effects occurred more commonly in people who received a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients), compared to people who were given Pancreaze. This suggests that the drug is very well tolerated.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
(Click Pancreaze Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)