Zenpep Side Effects
Generic Name: pancrelipase
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on March 27, 2020.
Note: This document contains side effect information about pancrelipase. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Zenpep.
For the Consumer
Applies to pancrelipase: oral capsule, oral capsule delayed release, oral tablet
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, pancrelipase (the active ingredient contained in Zenpep) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking pancrelipase:
With high doses
With very high doses
- Blood in the urine
- joint pain
- swelling of the feet or lower legs
With powder dosage form or powder from opened capsules- if breathed in
- Stuffy nose
- tightness in the chest
- trouble breathing
With tablets- if held in the mouth
- Irritation of the mouth
Incidence not known
- difficulty with swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- noisy breathing
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- redness of the skin
- severe stomach pain
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of pancrelipase may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Blurred vision
- dry mouth
- flushed, dry skin
- fruit-like breath odor
- increased hunger
- increased thirst
- increased urination
- unexplained weight loss
- Abnormal feces
- bloated feeling
- cold sweats
- cool, pale skin
- excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
- feeling of fullness
- frequent bowel movements
- loss of consciousness
- muscle aches
- passing gas
- runny nose
- slurred speech
- sore throat
Incidence not known
- Difficulty having a bowel movement
- difficulty with moving
- muscle aching or cramping
- muscle pains or stiffness
- muscle spasm
- swollen joints
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to pancrelipase: oral capsule, oral capsule extended release, oral delayed release capsule, oral powder for reconstitution, oral tablet, oral tablet extended release
Bowel stricture formation occasionally occurred in children with cystic fibrosis who received high doses.
Moderate duodenitis and gastritis occurred in a patient with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis 16 days after completing treatment with 4000 lipase units/gram fat ingested per day for 5 to 6 days, followed by placebo for an additional 5 to 6 days.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Gastrointestinal complaints (up to 55%), abdominal pain (up to 18%), vomiting (up to 12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal discomfort, abdominal distention, abdominal pain upper, abdominal tenderness, abnormal feces, anal pruritus, ascites, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, early satiety, flatulence, frequent bowel movements, nausea
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Bowel stricture formation
Frequency not reported: Duodenitis, fibrosing colonopathy, gastritis, steatorrhea, strictures of the ileocecum
Very common (10% or more): Headache (up to 15%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dizziness
Postmarketing reports: Dull headache[Ref]
A dull headache was reported by a patient receiving treatment with ursodeoxycholic acid concomitantly. The event resolved without sequelae after discontinuation of this drug.[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hyperuricemia[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): ALT increased, AST increased, biliary tract stones, blood alkaline phosphatase increased, cholangitis, GGT increased, hydrocholecystis
Postmarketing reports: Asymptomatic liver enzyme elevations[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Anemia, hematocrit, hemoglobin, red blood cell count, increased white blood cell count
Common (1% to 10%): Bronchitis, cough, nasopharyngitis, oropharyngeal pain, respiratory tract infection
Common (1% to 10%): Asthenia, malaise, pain, pyrexia
Frequency not reported: Fatigue[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus, rash, skin reactions
Frequency not reported: Itching, urticaria/hives
Postmarketing reports: Blotchy/red facial rash[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Arthralgia, back pain, musculoskeletal pain
Postmarketing reports: Muscle spasm, myalgia[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Metastases to specific sites, recurrent pancreatic carcinoma
Postmarketing reports: Recurrence of preexisting carcinoma[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Renal cyst[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Viral infection[Ref]
A patient with a known history of allergy to another pancrelipase (the active ingredient contained in Zenpep) product developed a mild allergic reaction, including red, blotchy facial rash and itching. The event resolved without sequelae after discontinuation of this drug.[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Anaphylactic reactions, hypersensitivity
Frequency not reported: Hyperuricosuria[Ref]
Postmarketing reports: Blurred vision[Ref]
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