Available as an extended-release capsule, Ultresa is taken with each meal and snack. Your exact dosage of Ultresa will be based on your age and weight, your diet, and how you respond to the medication, among other factors. If you have problems swallowing capsules, you can pour the contents on applesauce or yogurt.
The dose of Ultresa® (pancrelipase) 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 dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
It should be noted that pancrelipase products, including Ultresa, are typically dosed based on lipase content (although they contain lipases, amylases, and proteases).
The standard adult dosage for Ultresa varies, depending on the severity of the symptoms, your weight, and previous response to similar medications. A reasonable starting dose is 500 units (based on lipase content) per kg of body weight per meal (about 227 units of lipase per lb per meal).
Your healthcare provider can increase the amount as needed. Typically, half the normal mealtime dosage is used for snacks. Alternatively, dosing based on fat consumption (rather than body weight) may also be used.
For children age 12 months to 4 years old, the standard starting dosage is based on age, usually 1000 units (based on lipase content) per kg of body weight per meal (about 455 units per lb per meal).
For children age 4 and older, the typical starting dosage is 500 units (based on lipase content) per kg of body weight per meal (about 228 units of lipase per lb per meal), with half the normal mealtime amount used for snacks.
In all cases, your child's healthcare provider may adjust the amount as necessary. Alternatively, dosing based on fat consumption (rather than body weight) may also be used.