Healthcare providers prescribe Pancreaze for use in adults and children who have low levels of pancreatic digestive enzymes. This medication helps to increase digestive enzymes that may become low due to cystic fibrosis or various other medical conditions. Pancreaze contains digestive enzymes derived from the pancreatic glands in pigs.
Pancreaze® (pancrelipase) is a prescription medication approved to treat pancreatic enzyme deficiencies due to cystic fibrosis or various other conditions. These types of deficiencies are known medically as "exocrine pancreatic insufficiencies." Pancreaze contains pancreatic digestive enzymes derived from the pancreatic glands of pigs.
The pancreas is an organ that has two general functions. It is probably most well-known for its role in secreting insulin and other hormones. This is known as the endocrine (hormonal) function of the pancreas.
However, the pancreas has another important role. It is responsible for producing several different digestive enzymes that help to break food down into smaller molecules that can be absorbed and used by the body. This is known as the exocrine function of the pancreas.
Various conditions can decrease pancreatic enzyme production. This can lead to malnutrition (since the nutrients cannot be absorbed) and also to digestive problems (such as diarrhea and fatty stools). Vitamin deficiencies may also occur.
Pancreaze replaces the deficient digestive enzymes, allowing the food to be broken down and absorbed into the body.
Pancreaze contains a mixture of different pancreatic enzymes taken from the pancreatic glands of pigs. Specifically, it contains lipases, proteases, and amylases. Lipases help to digest fats, proteases help to digest proteins, and amylases help to digest starches.