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(pancrelipase, USP) Tablets, Powder
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VIOKASE® (pancrelipase, USP) is a pancreatic enzyme concentrate of porcine origin containing standardized lipase, protease, and amylase as well as other pancreatic enzymes. VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) is available in tablet and powder dosage form for oral administration.
The enzyme potencies of the tablets and powder are:
| VIOKASE® Powder
Each 0.7 g (1/4 Teaspoonful)
|Lipase, USP units||8,000||16,000||16,800|
|Protease, USP units||30,000||60,000||70,000|
|Amylase, USP units||30,000||60,000||70,000|
Inactive Ingredients: VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) 8 and VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) 16 Tablets: Lactose, croscarmellose sodium, microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide, stearic acid, talc. VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) Powder: Lactose, sodium chloride.
What are the possible side effects of pancrelipase?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have severe or unusual stomach pain. This could be a symptom of a rare but serious bowel disorder.
Less serious side effects may include:
- nausea or vomiting;
- mild stomach pain or upset;
- diarrhea or constipation;
- bloating or gas.
- greasy stools;
- rectal irritation;
- headache, dizziness;
- cough; or
What are the precautions when taking pancrelipase tablets, powder (Viokase)?
Before taking this digestive enzyme, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to pork protein; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: sudden/severe swelling of the pancreas (acute pancreatitis), sudden worsening of long-term disease of the pancreas.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/9/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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