Zenpep Side Effects
Some people may experience side effects during Zenpep treatment. Research has shown that coughing, bruising, and headaches are some of the most commonly reported problems with this drug. Because serious problems, such as allergic reactions and high uric acid levels, can also occur, make sure to seek medical attention if you develop anything that does not seem right while taking Zenpep.
Just like any medicine, Zenpep® (pancrelipase) can 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 Zenpep. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Zenpep has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking Zenpep were carefully documented and compared to the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any 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.
In clinical studies, the most common Zenpep side effects included:
- Headache -- in up to 15 percent of people
- Bruising -- up to 6 percent
- Cough -- up to 6 percent
- Feeling full earlier than normal (while eating) -- up to 6 percent.
Other common side effects, such as passing gas and abdominal pain, were reported with Zenpep but were actually more common with the placebo. This suggests that these are not true side effects.