May 24, 2016

Chymotrypsin

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What other names is Chymotrypsin known by?

A-Chymotrypsin, A-Chymotrypsine, Alpha-Chymotrypsin, Alpha-Chymotrypsine, Chymotrypsin A, Chymotrypsine A, Chymotrypsin B, Chymotrypsine B, Chymotrypsine, Chymotrypsinum, L-Chymotrypsin, L-Chymotrypsine, Quimotripsina.

What is Chymotrypsin?

Chymotrypsin is an enzyme. An enzyme is a substance that speeds up certain chemical reactions in the body. People use chymotrypsin to make medicine.

People take chymotrypsin by mouth or as a shot to reduce redness and swelling associated with pockets of infection (abscesses), ulcers, surgery, or traumatic injuries; and to help loosen phlegm in asthma, bronchitis, lung diseases, and sinus infections.

It is also taken by mouth to reduce liver damage in burn patients; and to assist in wound repair.

Chymotrypsin is sometimes breathed in (inhaled) or applied to the skin (used topically) for conditions that involve pain and swelling (inflammation) and for infections.

During cataract surgery, chymotrypsin is sometimes used to reduce damage to the eye.

Effective for...

  • Cataract surgery, when used by a healthcare professional.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Burns. There is some evidence that chymotrypsin might decrease tissue destruction in burn patients.
  • Hand Fractures. Taking chymotrypsin by mouth seems to be effective for reducing redness and swelling associated with hand fractures.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Asthma.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Lung diseases.
  • Sinus infections.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of chymotrypsin for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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