Pancreatin is an enzyme preparation for improving digestion, made from the enzymes of the pancreas of pigs and cattle. The drug contains amylase, protease and lipase, which are constituents of the secretion of the pancreas. These substances are necessary for digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. In case of pancreatitis, errors in nutrition cause problems, and this medicine helps to compensate for the lack of own enzymes and improve the digestion of food.
Pancreatin is used in cases of insufficient external function of the pancreas( for cystic fibrosis, pancreatitis), chronic inflammatory-dystrophic diseases of the stomach, liver, gall bladder, intestine. It is also used after irradiation or resection of these organs, when the process of digestion of food is disrupted, diarrhea and flatulence are observed.
This drug is also indicated in the normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, when errors in nutrition were allowed - too fatty food, overeating, alcohol intake, etc. It is prescribed to patients with malfunctioning of the chewing function, and also to patients before the examination of the abdominal organs with the help ofX-ray or ultrasound.
The medicine is available in the form of a fine powder of yellowish or grayish color, which has a specific odor. The drug quickly loses its activity in the acidic environment of the stomach, so it is protected by a shell that is resistant to gastric juice and soluble only in the intestine. Pancreatin is available in a variety of medications. These are: Festal, Mezim, Normoenzyme, Biofestal, Gastenorm, Pankrenorm, Pancreasim, Pancreatin 8000, and others.
Instructions for the use of the drug detail the effect of the drug, the dosage and possibleside effects. But no matter how clear is the instruction to this medicine, self-medication Pancreatinum at a pancreatitis it is not supposed - all appointments are made by the doctor. The dose of the drug is selected in each case of the disease individually. It depends on the degree of pancreatic insufficiency. Tablets are taken orally during or after a meal. They should be swallowed without chewing, and washed down with a sufficient amount of water( fruit juice is allowed).
Pancreatin - instructions for use
In case of a violation of the secretory function of the pancreas, cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, biliary duct disease or during the period after irradiation, medication may be prescribed. Tablets should not be chewed, washed down with a large volume of liquid during meals or after eating.
Instruction for use The dosage of Pancreatin is given depending on the age and degree of secretory insufficiency in the patient. At usual therapy of a pancreatitis the dose for the adult makes 1 - 4 tab.at one time. If pancreatic therapy does not give the expected effect, then in the next stages of treatment, the volume of a single dose of the drug is increased approximately 1.5 to 2 times.
For children with cystic fibrosis, the administration of the drug and the daily average dose are calculated according to the following instructions. At the initial stage of treatment of children under the age of 4 years, a single amount of medicine is 1 tab.for every 7 kg of weight. For the age category of 4 years and older - 1 tab.for every 14 kg.
Practice shows that the duration of replacement therapy Pancreatin may be 3-4 days or be on the order of several weeks or months. In the most difficult cases, pancreatitis therapy may take several years.