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Viokase

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

The natural digestive enzymes in VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) hydrolyze fats into fatty acids and glycerol, split protein into amino acids, and convert carbohydrates to dextrins and short chain sugars.

Under conditions of the USP test method (in vitro) VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) has the following total digestive capacity:

  VIOKASE®
8 Tablet
VIOKASE®
16 Tablet
VIOKASE® Powder
Each 0.7 g (1/4 Teaspoonful)
Dietary fat, grams 28 56 59
Dietary protein, grams 30 60 70
Dietary starch, grams 30 60 70

VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) 8 Tablets are 468 mg immediate release tablets and are not enteric-coated. VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) 16 Tablets are 935 mg immediate release tablets and are not enteric-coated.

The digestive capacity of a pancreatic enzyme concentrate depends on the amount that passes through the stomach unchanged and is available at the site of action in the small intestine.

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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