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Palcaps 20

This medication contains digestive enzymes to help break down and digest fats, starch, and proteins in food. It is used in conditions where the pancreas cannot make or does not release enough digestive enzymes into the small intestines to digest the food (e.g., chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, cancer of the pancreas, post-pancreatectomy, post-gastrointestinal bypass surgery).

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Palcaps 20

This medication contains digestive enzymes to help break down and digest fats, starch, and proteins in food. It is used in conditions where the pancreas cannot make or does not release enough digestive enzymes into the small intestines to digest the food (e.g., chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, cancer of the pancreas, post-pancreatectomy, post-gastrointestinal bypass surgery).
  • Do not share this product with others.

  • Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth with meals and snacks as directed by your doctor.
  • Swallow the capsule whole.
  • If swallowing is difficult, then the capsule may be opened and the contents mixed in a small amount of liquid or soft food that does not need to be chewed (e.g., applesauce).
  • Do not mix the contents of the capsule with alkaline food or liquid (e.g., milk, ice cream, tea).
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information about what foods/liquids to avoid when mixing.
  • Swallow the food or liquid right away, making sure not to chew the medication.
  • Drink a glass of water or juice after swallowing the food to make sure all the medication is swallowed.
  • Do not save the medication mixture for later.Dosage is based on your medical condition, diet, and response to therapy.Drink plenty of fluids while taking this medication unless your doctor tells you otherwise.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
  • Take it with every meal or snack.If your doctor has recommended that you follow a special diet, it is very important to follow the diet to get the most benefit from this medication.Do not change brands or dosage forms of pancrelipase without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Different products may contain different amounts of the digestive enzymes.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects
  • Diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain/cramps, nausea, or vomiting may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: severe constipation, severe stomach/abdominal discomfort, frequent/painful urination, joint pain.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Before taking pancrelipase, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to pork protein; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: sudden/severe swelling of the pancreas (acute pancreatitis), sudden worsening of long-term disease of the pancreas.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take the next dose with your next meal or snack as directed.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: acarbose, miglitol.If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting pancrelipase.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

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