Pancreaze Side Effects
Based on the results of clinical studies, Pancreaze appears to be a well-tolerated medication. In fact, these studies suggest that Pancreaze is not associated with any common side effects. However, if you are taking this drug and develop mouth irritation, trouble passing stool, or difficulty breathing, contact your healthcare provider immediately, as these may be signs of serious reactions.
As with any medicine, Pancreaze® (pancrelipase) may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Pancreaze. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Pancreaze has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking Pancreaze were carefully documented and compared to the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the placebo.
Interestingly, all the reported "side effects" occurred more frequently with the placebo, compared with Pancreaze. For instance, 20 percent of people given the placebo reported experiencing diarrhea, while 0 percent of those taking Pancreaze reported diarrhea. This is likely because diarrhea is a symptom of the pancreatic enzyme deficiency that Pancreaze treats.
Given that all side effects occurred more frequently with the placebo, it could be said that Pancreaze is not associated with any common side effects, according to clinical trials.