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Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated)

Generic Name: pancrelipase (PAN-kree-LYE-pase)
Brand Name: Examples include Pancrecarb MS and Ultrase MT

Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) 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.

Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) is a digestive enzyme combination. It works by helping the body to digest protein, starch, and fat.

Do NOT use Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated)

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

Before using Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated):

Some medical conditions may interact with Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated). 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 or high uric acid levels
  • if you have a history of kidney problems, high blood sugar levels, or diabetes
  • if you have a history of pancreas problems or stomach or bowel problems (eg, blockage, scarring or thickening, short bowel syndrome, Crohn disease), or if you have had bowel surgery
  • if you have trouble swallowing capsules

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated). However, no specific interactions with Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) 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 Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated):

Use Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) by mouth with each meal or snack as directed by your doctor.
  • Swallow Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) whole with enough liquid to swallow it completely. Do not break, crush, chew, or hold Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) in your mouth before swallowing. Doing so may increase the risk of mouth irritation from Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated). Follow with a glass of water or juice. Contact your doctor if you experience mouth irritation while taking Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated).
  • If you cannot swallow Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) whole, you may open it and sprinkle the contents over a small amount of acidic soft food (eg, applesauce, gelatin) that does not need to be chewed. Do not crush or chew the contents of the capsule. Mix the medicine with the food and swallow the entire mixture right away, followed by a glass of water or juice. Be sure that none of the medicine is left in your mouth. Check with your doctor if you are unsure which foods you may mix with Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated).
  • If you miss a dose of Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated), skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. 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 Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated).

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not switch between Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) and another pancreatic enzyme medicine without first checking with your doctor.
  • Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) 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.
  • Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) 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.
  • Diabetes patients - Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) may affect your blood sugar. Check your blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Caution is advised when using Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially fibrosing colonopathy.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated), check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated):

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; gas; headache; mild diarrhea; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting.

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); mouth irritation; 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 Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated):

Store Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store in the original container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated), please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) 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 Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated) 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 Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated). It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated). 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 Lipram UL Capsules (Enteric-Coated).

Issue Date: June 3, 2015