Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Bowel problems: Some people who are taking pancrelipase, particularly those with cystic fibrosis, have experienced narrowing of the large intestine, causing damage to the large bowel. If you experience any unusual digestive symptoms, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Fluid intake: Ensure that you are drinking lots of fluids while you are using pancrelipase to minimize the risk of developing chronic constipation.
Treatment changes: If it becomes necessary to change brands of this medication, you may find that the new medication has a slightly different effect for you. This is because each manufacturer has a different process to manufacture the medication and these different brands may be used by your body at different speeds. You may need to adjust the dose of the medication. Speak with your doctor if you change brands of pancrelipase.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: Although the enzymes are not passed into breast milk, it is possible that the proteins released when the enzymes are broken down could pass into breast milk. The effects of this on the nursing child are not known. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
What medications can interact with this medication?
There may be an interaction between pancrelipase and any of the following:
- iron supplements (e.g., ferrous fumarate, ferrous gluconate, ferrous sulfate)
- multivitamin plus mineral supplements
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
- stop taking one of the medications,
- change one of the medications to another,
- change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
- leave everything as is.
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
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