Chymotrypsin

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How does Chymotrypsin work?

Chymotrypsin has ingredients that reduce swelling (inflammation) and tissue destruction.

Are there safety concerns?

Chymotrypsin is safe when used in the eye by a healthcare professional. Chymotrypsin can cause side effects when used in the eye, including an increase in pressure in the eye and other eye conditions such as uveitis, paralysis of the iris, and keratitis.

It also seems to be safe for most people to apply directly to the skin.

Rarely, chymotrypsin might cause an allergic reaction when taken by mouth. Symptoms include itching, shortness of breath, swelling of the lips or throat, shock, loss of consciousness, and death.

Do not use chymotrypsin if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Dosing considerations for Chymotrypsin.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:
  • To reduce tissue damage in burn patients: a 6:1 ratio (trypsin:chymotrypsin), in a combined amount of 200,000 units USP four times daily for ten days.
BY INJECTION:
  • Healthcare providers inject a solution of chymotrypsin into the eyes as part of cataract surgery.

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