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Hi-Vegi-Lip

Generic Name: pancreatin (PAN kree a tin)
Brand Name: Hi-Vegi-Lip, Pancreatin 4X

What is Hi-Vegi-Lip (pancreatin)?

Pancreatin is a combination of digestive enzymes (proteins). These enzymes are normally produced by the pancreas and are important in the digestion of fats, proteins, and sugars.

Pancreatin is used to replace digestive enzymes when the pancreas does not produce enough on its own. Certain medical conditions can cause this lack of enzymes, including cystic fibrosis, chronic inflammation of the pancreas, pancreatic cancer, or pancreas surgery.

Pancreatin may also be used to treat a condition called steatorrhea (loose, fatty stools).

Pancreatin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about Hi-Vegi-Lip (pancreatin)?

Pancreatin is usually taken with meals and snacks and a full glass of water. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Do not hold the pancreatin tablet in your mouth. The medication may irritate the inside of your mouth.

Do not change brands of pancreatin without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist. Some brands of pancreatin are interchangeable while others are not. Ask your pharmacist which brands or generic forms can be substituted for another.

Slideshow: 2014 Update: First Time Brand-to-Generic Switches

Pancreatin may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes a special diet. It is very important to follow the diet plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor. You should become very familiar with the list of foods you should eat or avoid to help control your condition.

Do not take pancreatin with other digestive enzymes that your doctor has not prescribed.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as swollen or painful joints, urinating more than usual, or painful or difficult urination.

If you miss a dose of this medication, skip the missed dose and wait until your next scheduled dose to take the medicine. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Hi-Vegi-Lip (pancreatin)?

You should not take pancreatin if you are allergic to pork proteins, or if you are also taking any of the following medications:

  • amylase;

  • pancrelipase (Cotazym, Creon, Kutrase, Lipram, Panokase, Ultrase); or

  • miglitol (Glyset).

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using pancreatin, tell your doctor if you have:

  • a sudden onset of pancreatitis; or

  • worsening of chronic pancreatic disease.

This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether pancreatin 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 Hi-Vegi-Lip (pancreatin)?

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

Pancreatin is usually taken with meals and snacks. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Take pancreatin with a full glass of water.

Do not hold the pancreatin tablet in your mouth. The medication may irritate the inside of your mouth.

It is important to use pancreatin regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Do not change brands of pancreatin without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist. Some brands of pancreatin are interchangeable while others are not. Ask your pharmacist which brands or generic forms can be substituted for another.

Pancreatin may be only part of a complete program of treatment that also includes a special diet. It is very important to follow the diet plan created for you by your doctor or nutrition counselor. You should become very familiar with the list of foods you should eat or avoid to help control your condition.

Call your doctor if your condition does not improve, or if it gets worse while you are taking pancreatin.

Store pancreatin at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Skip the missed dose and wait until your next scheduled dose to take the medicine. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Always take pancreatin with food.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include diarrhea or stomach pain.

What should I avoid while taking Hi-Vegi-Lip (pancreatin)?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using pancreatin.

Hi-Vegi-Lip (pancreatin) side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • swollen or painful joints;

  • urinating more than usual; or

  • painful or difficult urination.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild stomach pain or cramps;

  • nausea, diarrhea, constipation;

  • greasy stools;

  • rectal irritation; or

  • bloating or gas.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Hi-Vegi-Lip (pancreatin)?

Do not take pancreatin with other digestive enzymes that your doctor has not prescribed.

There may be other drugs that can interact with pancreatin. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about pancreatin.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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