When prescribing Zenpep® (pancrelipase) to treat a pancreatic enzyme deficiency, your healthcare provider will make certain dosage recommendations based on several factors. Some of the factors that may affect the amount include your age, weight, and how you respond to the medication.
Zenpep comes in the form of an extended-release capsule. It is usually taken by mouth with each meal or before each feeding for an infant.
For adults, dosing guidelines for Zenpep usually start at 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 your dosage as needed. Typically, half the normal mealtime dosage is used for snacks.
(For more dosing guidelines, click Zenpep Dosage. This article provides more details on guidelines for treating pancreatic enzyme deficiencies and offers some helpful tips on how to properly use this medicine.)