Generic Name: pancrelipase (PAN-kree-LYE-pase)
Brand Name: Pertzye

Pertzye is used for:

Improving food digestion in patients who cannot digest food properly because they have a pancreas problem (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) caused by cystic fibrosis or certain other conditions.

Pertzye is a digestive enzyme combination. It works by helping the body to digest protein, starch, and fat.

Do NOT use Pertzye if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Pertzye

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Pertzye:

Some medical conditions may interact with Pertzye. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances (including pork proteins)
  • if you have gout, high uric acid levels, or a history of kidney problems
  • if you have a history of pancreas problems, stomach or bowel problems (eg, blockage, scarring, thickening, short bowel syndrome, Crohn disease), or cancer
  • if you have trouble swallowing capsules

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Pertzye. However, no specific interactions with Pertzye are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Pertzye may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Pertzye:

Use Pertzye as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Pertzye comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get Pertzye refilled.
  • Take Pertzye by mouth with each meal or snack as directed by your doctor. Be sure not to take more capsules in a day than the number your doctor tells you to take.
  • Swallow Pertzye whole with enough liquid to swallow it completely. Do not break, crush, chew, or hold Pertzye in your mouth before swallowing. Doing so may increase the risk of mouth or tongue irritation from Pertzye. Contact your doctor if you experience mouth or tongue irritation while taking Pertzye.
  • If the patient is unable to swallow capsules whole, you may open them and mix the contents with a small amount of acidic soft food (such as applesauce). Swallow the entire mixture right away, followed by a glass of water or juice. Be sure that none of the medicine is crushed, chewed, or left in the mouth. Check with your doctor if you are unsure which foods you may mix with Pertzye. Do not store the mixture or any unused portion of a capsule for future use.
  • Do not divide the capsule contents into smaller amounts.
  • If you miss a dose of Pertzye, skip the missed dose and take the next dose with the next meal or snack as directed. Do not take 2 doses at once or take a dose without a snack or a meal.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Pertzye.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT take more or less than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not switch between Pertzye and another pancreatic enzyme medicine without first checking with your doctor.
  • Pertzye may increase the risk of developing a rare, serious condition called fibrosing colonopathy. When this occurs, it is usually with high doses over a long period of time. It has been most commonly reported in children with cystic fibrosis. Contact your doctor right away if you experience unusual or severe nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain; stomach bloating; or severe or persistent loose stools, constipation, or diarrhea.
  • Pertzye comes from pork (pig) pancreas tissue. There is an extremely rare risk of developing a viral disease from this product. No cases of viral disease from pork pancreas products have been identified.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Pertzye can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Pertzye while you are pregnant. It is not known if Pertzye is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Pertzye, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Pertzye:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; cough; gas; indigestion or upset stomach; mild diarrhea; nausea; stomach pain.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); painful, swollen joints; severe or persistent loose stools, diarrhea, or constipation; severe or unusual nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain; stomach bloating.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Pertzye:

Store Pertzye at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store in the original container with the lid tightly closed, away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not remove any moisture control packs that may come in the bottle. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Pertzye out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Pertzye, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Pertzye is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Pertzye or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Pertzye. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Pertzye. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Pertzye.

Issue Date: May 1, 2013
Database Edition 13.2.1.002
Copyright © 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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