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Pancrelipase Tablets

Pronunciation

Generic Name: Pancrelipase Tablets (Viokace) (PAN kree LYE pase)
Brand Name: Viokace

Uses of Pancrelipase Tablets:

  • It is used to help break down food when the pancreas is not working the right way.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Pancrelipase Tablets?

  • If you have an allergy to pancrelipase, pork, or any other part of this medicine (pancrelipase tablets).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are allergic to lactose, talk with the doctor.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Pancrelipase Tablets?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (pancrelipase tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
  • Follow the diet plan that your doctor told you about.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
  • There is more than 1 brand of this medicine. One brand cannot safely be used for the other. The doctor will tell you about any needed change.
  • Watch for gout attacks.
  • This medicine is made from pork (pig) pancreas tissue. There is a very small risk of getting a viral disease from this medicine (pancrelipase tablets). No cases have happened. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Pancrelipase Tablets) best taken?

Use this medicine (pancrelipase tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with meals and snacks.
  • Swallow whole. Do not chew, crush, or hold this product in your mouth. If you do, you may get mouth irritation or it may change the way this medicine works. Talk with your doctor.
  • Take each dose with lots of fluids to make sure you swallow all of the contents.
  • Keep taking this medicine (pancrelipase tablets) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Joint pain or swelling.
  • Mouth or tongue irritation.
  • This medicine may raise the chance of a rare bowel problem called fibrosing colonopathy. This bowel problem can be very bad and may lead to the need for surgery. Call your doctor right away if you have any abnormal or very bad stomach pain, bloating, trouble passing stools, upset stomach, throwing up, or loose stools (diarrhea).

What are some other side effects of Pancrelipase Tablets?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Belly pain.
  • Headache.
  • Gas.
  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Neck pain.
  • Stuffy nose.
  • Ear pain.
  • Heartburn.
  • Dizziness.
  • Nosebleed.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Pancrelipase Tablets?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in the original container. Do not take out the antimoisture cube or packet.
  • Keep lid tightly closed.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine is refilled. If you have any questions about this medicine (pancrelipase tablets), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. 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 (pancrelipase tablets). 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 the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine (pancrelipase tablets).

Review Date: August 2, 2017

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