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Pancreatin

Molecule Description

Pancreatin is a combination of digestive enzymes; these enzymes are produced in the body by the pancreas and are essential for the digestion of fats, sugars and proteins.

Uses of Pancreatin

This medicine is used in the treatment of pancreatic insufficiency when the pancreas fails to produce digestive enzymes in conditions such as infection of pancreas, acute or chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and pancreatic surgery.
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Contraindications of Pancreatin

When should one not use Pancreatin

  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Gastrointestinal tract operations
  • Allergy to this medicine
  • Gout

Side effects of Pancreatin

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Mild itching of the skin
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloating

Precautions and Warnings of Pancreatin

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Pancreatin during pregnancy?
A:
It is probably safe during this pregnancy. Doctor’s consultation is necessary.

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Pancreatin while breastfeeding?
A:
It is safe during breastfeeding.

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Pancreatin?
A:
It usually does not impair the driving ability.

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Pancreatin?
A:
No relevant information.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • Tell your doctor if:
  • You have an allergy to pork or any other pig products
  • All your medical conditions and ongoing treatments

Mode of Action of Pancreatin

How Does It Work?

Pancreatin consists of pancreatic enzymes that break down fats, starch and proteins into their simpler constituents, which can be easily absorbed by the body.

Interactions of Pancreatin

Interactions with other medicines

Pancreatin may interact with other medicines like Acarbose, Miglitol.

Interactions with food items

No data available.

Dosage of Pancreatin

Overdose

Taking too much of Pancreatin can lead to problems with your large intestine. Scarring can occur, which is called ‘fibrosing colonopathy’. This will cause stomach pain, cramps and bloody diarrhea. Another possible long-term overdose hazard is that too much of uric acid will be formed in your body, causing joint problems. You must seek emergency medical attention in case you suspect an overdose.
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Missed a Dose

If you happen to miss a dose, take the missed dose. If the time for next dose is close, skip the missed dose and do not take extra medicine to compensate for the missed dose.

Content Details

WRITTEN BY

Dr. Rukman Mecca

MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)

REVIEWED BY

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: Is this medicine addictive?

A: No, this medicine does not cause any addiction.

Q: Is it safe to take this medicine during pregnancy?

A: Yes, It is safe to take this medicine during pregnancy but take it only when advised by your doctor.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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