sacrosidase

Generic Name: sacrosidase (sak ROE si dase)
Brand Name: Sucraid

What is sacrosidase?

Sacrosidase is a yeast-based enzyme that replaces an enzyme called sucrase which is normally produced in the body. Sucrase helps the body breakdown and process certain sugars during digestion.

In people who lack the sucrase enzyme, sugar can pass into the intestines where it can interact with bacteria. This can cause bloating, gas, stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Sacrosidase is used to treat sucrase deficiency that occurs in people with congenital sucrase-isomaltase deficiency (CSID).

CSID is a genetic enzyme deficiency and sacrosidase will not cure this condition.

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

What is the most important information I should know about sacrosidase?

Sacrosidase is used to treat sucrase deficiency that occurs in people with congenital sucrase-isomaltase deficiency (CSID). CSID is a genetic enzyme deficiency and sacrosidase will not cure this condition.

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to yeast, yeast products, glycerin (glycerol), or papain (Accuzyme, Ethezyme, Gladase, Kovia, and others).

Before using sacrosidase, tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Sacrosidase changes the way your body absorbs sugar and your glucose levels may change. Your doctor will tell you if any of your medication doses need to be changed.

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This medication sometimes causes an allergic reaction. Before you start the medication, your doctor may recommend a sacrosidase skin test to make sure you are not allergic to the medication.

Sacrosidase is usually taken with each meal or snack. It is best to take one half of the dose when you start eating and take the other half during your meal or snack.

Measure your dose using the scoop provided with this medication.

Sacrosidase liquid should be mixed with 2 to 4 ounces of water, milk, or baby formula that is no hotter than room temperature. Do not mix with warm or hot liquids or the medication will not be as effective.

Do not mix sacrosidase with fruit juice or drink fruit juice when taking the medication.

You may need to avoid eating a lot of starch (found mainly in rice, potatoes, corn, pasta, and bread). Follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet while you are taking sacrosidase.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking sacrosidase?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to yeast, yeast products, glycerin (glycerol), or papain (Accuzyme, Ethezyme, Gladase, Kovia, and others).

Before using sacrosidase, tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Sacrosidase changes the way your body absorbs sugar and your glucose levels may change. Your doctor will tell you if any of your medication doses need to be changed.

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

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby while taking sacrosidase.

How should I take sacrosidase?

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.

Sacrosidase is usually taken with each meal or snack. It is best to take one half of the dose when you start eating and take the other half during your meal or snack.

Measure your dose using the scoop provided with sacrosidase. Rinse the scoop after each use and allow it to dry thoroughly.

Sacrosidase liquid should be mixed with 2 to 4 ounces of water, milk, or baby formula that is no hotter than room temperature. Do not mix with warm or hot liquids or the medication will not be as effective.

Do not mix sacrosidase with fruit juice or drink fruit juice when taking the medication.

This medication sometimes causes an allergic reaction. Before you start the medication, your doctor may recommend a sacrosidase skin test to make sure you are not allergic to the medication.

Your doctor may instruct you to take your first dose of sacrosidase in a place where you have access to emergency medical care. A severe allergic reaction could occur that may require immediate care.

Store this medication in the refrigerator, protected from light. Do not freeze. Recap the bottle after each use.

When you first open a bottle of sacrosidase, write the date on the label. Throw away any unused sacrosidase 4 weeks after first opening the bottle.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of sacrosidase is not likely to produce any symptoms.

What should I avoid while taking sacrosidase?

You may need to avoid eating a lot of starch (found mainly in rice, potatoes, corn, pasta, and bread). Follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet while you are taking sacrosidase.

Follow your doctor's instructions about any other restrictions on food or beverages while you are using sacrosidase.

Sacrosidase side effects

Stop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; wheezing, difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • stomach pain;

  • nausea, vomiting;

  • diarrhea, constipation;

  • sleep problems (insomnia);

  • headache;

  • nervous feeling; or

  • increased thirst and dry, hot skin.

Some of these may be symptoms of your condition and not actual side effects of sacrosidase.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect sacrosidase?

There may be other drugs that can interact with sacrosidase. 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.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about sacrosidase.
  • 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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