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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking pancrelipase?

You should not take pancrelipase if you are allergic to pork proteins.

To make sure you can safely take pancrelipase, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease;
  • gout;
  • a history of blockage in your intestines;
  • a sudden onset of pancreatitis; or
  • worsening of chronic pancreatic disease.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether pancrelipase will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether pancrelipase passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take pancrelipase?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Pancrelipase should be taken with a meal or snack.

Take the medicine with a full glass of water or juice.

Do not hold the tablets or capsule contents in your mouth. The medication may irritate the inside of your mouth.

Do not crush, chew, break, or open a delayed-release capsule. Swallow it whole. Breaking or opening the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.

You may open the pancrelipase capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of pudding or applesauce to make swallowing easier. Swallow right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Discard the empty capsule.

Do not inhale the powder from a pancrelipase capsule, or allow it to touch your skin. It may cause irritation, especially to your nose and lungs.

Use pancrelipase regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Store in the original container at room temperature (below 78 degrees F) for up to 12 weeks. Protect from moisture or high heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

If the medication is exposed to temperatures between 78 and 104 degrees F, throw it away after 30 days. Do not use any pancrelipase that has been exposed to temperatures above 104 degrees F.

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