When should I take Viokase?

How to use Viokase Packet. Take this medication by mouth with meals and snacks as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your medical condition, diet, and response to treatment.

When do you give Viokase?

The VIOKASE-V tablets are administered before each meal. VIOKASE-V powder is added to moistened dog food (canned or dry). Thorough mixing is necessary to bring the enzymes into close contact with the food particles.

When should I take pancreatin?

You will need to take pancreatin every time you eat a meal or a snack. It is also important that you have plenty to drink with pancreatin. Take your doses either immediately before, or at the same time as, or immediately after, eating your food. This is because acid in your stomach can stop pancreatin from working.

When should pancrelipase be taken?

Pancrelipase comes as a tablet, and a delayed-release capsule to take by mouth. It is taken with plenty of water with every meal or snack, usually 5 to 6 times per day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.

How do you take VIOKACE?

VIOKACE should be taken during meals or snacks, with sufficient fluid. Tablets should be swallowed whole. Do not crush or chew tablets. Care should be taken to ensure that no drug is retained in the mouth to avoid mucosal irritation.

Who needs pancreatin?

Pancreatin is used to treat digestion problems that result when the pancreas has been removed or is not working well. Cystic fibrosis or ongoing swelling (chronic pancreatitis) are two of the conditions that can cause the pancreas to function poorly.

Does pancreatin reduce inflammation?

Pancreatin may be used to treat various maladies which result in the inability of the pancreas to produce or release pancreatic enzymes, these conditions including: Cystic fibrosis. Chronic (long term) pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)

When should I take zenpep?

ZENPEP should be taken during meals or snacks, with sufficient fluid. ZENPEP capsules and capsule contents should not be crushed or chewed. Capsules should be swallowed whole.

What is Viokace used for?

Viokace (pancrelipase) is a compound prescription medicine containing lipase, amylase, and protease enzymes used with a proton pump inhibitor medicine (PPI) to treat adults with pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis, or pancreatectomy who cannot digest food normally.

How long does it take for zenpep to work?

As early as 15 minutes after ingestion, ZENPEP delivers lipase straight to the site of fat absorption during meals, with statistical significance seen at 30 minutes2*

Can you take ZENPEP after you eat?

Take ZENPEP exactly as your doctor tells you

Always take ZENPEP with a meal or snack.

What happens if you take ZENPEP and you don’t need it?

What happens if I take too many pancreatic enzymes? Any pancreatic enzymes that your body doesn’t need will pass through you. If you take one or two more capsules than you need, this won’t be a problem. If you take lots more than you need it may cause some itching around your anus (bottom).

Why do I need ZENPEP?

ZENPEP (pancrelipase) is a prescription medicine for people who cannot digest food normally because their pancreas does not make enough enzymes. ZENPEP may help your body use fats, proteins, and sugars from food. ZENPEP contains a mixture of digestive enzymes (lipases, proteases, and amylases) from pig pancreas.

Which is better Creon or ZENPEP?

Zenpep is comparable with Creon in efficacy and safety for the treatment of adolescents and adults with cystic fibrosis-associated exocrine pancreatic insufficiency,” the study authors wrote in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis.

How long does it take for pancreatic enzymes to work?

Enzymes work for about 45 to 60 minutes after taking them. Enzymes work by helping you to: Digest carbohydrates, proteins and fats (the three nutrients in food that supply calories) Gain and maintain a healthy weight.

Does ZENPEP cause headaches?

SIDE EFFECTS: Diarrhea, constipation, headache, abdominal pain/cramps/bloating, gas, dizziness, cough, nausea, or vomiting may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

How do you use ZENPEP?

How should I take ZENPEP?

  1. Swallow ZENPEP capsules whole and take them with enough liquid to swallow them right away.
  2. If you have trouble swallowing capsules, open the capsules and sprinkle their contents on a small amount of acidic food such as applesauce.

What can I take instead of ZENPEP?

Examples of alternative drugs that may be used to manage EPI include: pancrelipase delayed-release capsules (Pancreaze, Pertzye, Zenpep) pancrelipase tablets (Viokace)

Can EPI go away?

There’s no cure for exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI), a chronic condition characterized by an inability to digest certain nutrients, especially fat. But EPI can be managed with a type of medication called pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT), which consists of enzymes that aid digestion.

What does EPI poop look like?

EPI symptoms may include2,3:

The undigested fat that passes through the digestive system may cause oily or greasy-looking stools. These stools may also smell really bad, float, and be difficult to flush. Not all people experience steatorrhea, but it is the most common sign of EPI.

Do probiotics help with EPI?

Probiotics may be an especially good idea if you’ve been taking antibiotics, as they may help replenish the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract that the antibiotics may have killed off along with the harmful bacteria that caused the infection.

Is EPI an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus or a rare condition called autoimmune pancreatitis, which can cause the body’s immune system to attack the pancreas, leading to pancreatic disease and, in some cases, EPI, according to a 2015 study in the Journal of Rheumatic Diseases and Treatment.

Does your stomach swell with pancreatitis?

In acute pancreatitis, a person may develop some swelling in the upper abdomen. This swelling may occur because the intestinal contents have stopped moving, causing the intestines to swell (a condition called ileus. Abdominal surgery and drugs that interfere with the intestine’s movements are a common cause.

What can be mistaken for pancreatitis?

A couple of acute abdominal conditions that can mimic pancreatitis include:

  • impacted gallstones (biliary colic)
  • gastric perforation or duodenal ulcer.