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Pancreatin

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Pancreatin (Creon) Creon® Adult

Pancreatin - What is it for

​This medication is used to treat conditions where there is not enough production of secretions from the pancreas necessary for digestion. This includes conditions such as pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis and patients who have had their pancreas surgically removed.

Pancreatin - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Pancreatin cause?

Common side effects abdominal discomfort, constipation, nausea and vomiting. If symptoms are persistent, please consult your healthcare professional.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Pancreatin, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication including pork and/or pork protein. This preparation contains ingredients from a pork source.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Pancreatin?

Pancreatin - Dosage and How to Use

How should Pancreatin be used?

  • Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.
  • You may take this medication with or after food. 
  • Capsules should be swallowed whole without crushing or chewing, with enough fluid during or after a meal or snack as directed by your healthcare professional.
  • When the swallowing of capsules is difficult (e.g. for the elderly), capsules may be carefully opened and the contents added to fruit juice or yoghurt.
  • Crushing the contents of the capsule may result in increased exposure of the mouth to its contents which may lead to reduced effectiveness of the drug and irritation.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take your next dose as directed by your healthcare professional. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Pancreatin - Handling

How should I handle Pancreatin safely?

Pancreatin - Storage

How should I store Pancreatin?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Pancreatin safely?

​Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Pancreatin - Additional Information

  • Updated on Sunday, January 31, 2021
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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