Zenpep for Cystic Fibrosis
Zenpep® (pancrelipase) comes as an extended-release capsule that is taken with each meal to help treat pancreatic enzyme deficiencies. Specifically, Zenpep is used to treat these deficiencies when they are caused by cystic fibrosis or various other conditions.
This prescription medicine contains a mixture of different pancreatic enzymes taken from the pancreatic glands in pigs. Specifically, it contains lipases, proteases, and amylases. Lipases help to digest fats, proteases help to digest proteins, and amylases help to digest starches.
Zenpep is used to replace the deficient digestive enzymes, allowing the food to be broken down and absorbed into the body.
(To learn more, click Zenpep Uses. This article also discusses how this drug can help replace certain pancreatic enzymes. It also explains how cystic fibrosis and other conditions may cause these deficiencies.)