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Pancrease MT 16 is an oral medication used to treat conditions where the pancreas cannot make or release enough digestive enzymes into the small intestine to properly digest food. It helps in the breakdown of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in food and aids in their absorption.
Pancrease MT 16 contains the active ingredient pancrelipase, which is a combination of three enzymes: amylase, lipase, and protease. It belongs to the class of medications known as enzymes. Enzymes are produced by the pancreas and help in the digestion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in the intestine.
Use and Dosage
Pancrease MT 16 is a tablet that is taken orally with meals and snacks, as directed by a doctor. Swallow the capsule whole and avoid crushing or chewing it, as this can cause mouth irritation and affect the medication's efficacy. However, if swallowing the capsule is difficult, the capsule may be opened, and the contents mixed with a small amount of soft food or liquid that does not require chewing, such as room-temperature applesauce.
Do not mix the contents of the capsule with alkaline foods or liquids like milk, ice cream, or tea. If unsure about what foods to avoid when mixing, consult a doctor or pharmacist for more information.
When mixing, ensure that the medication is not chewed, and the food or liquid mixed with it is swallowed immediately. Consume a glass of water or juice after swallowing the medication to ensure that all of it is taken in. Do not store the medication mixture for later use.
If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Pancrease MT 16 (Pancrealipase):
- Sore throat and cough
Serious Side Effects of Pancrease MT 16 (Pancrealipase):
- Abdominal cramps
- Abdominal pain
- Cold sweat
- Cool pale skin
- Difficulty breathing
- Excessive eating
- Fast heartbeat
- Frequent urination
- Fruity breath odor
- Increased thirst
- Irritation around the anal area
- Joint pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Poor wound healing
- Swelling of the face and throat
- Unexplained weight loss
- Warmth of joints
Forms and Strength
Pancrease MT 16 (Pancrealipase) is available in the following forms and strength:
Pancrease MT 16: Capsule
- Allergic reactions: People who are allergic to pork or any other components of pancrelipase may need to avoid using Pancrease MT 16.
- Fibrosing colonopathy: Using Pancrease MT 16 or other pancreatic enzyme products may increase the risk of fibrosing colonopathy, which is a rare but serious condition that affects the large intestine.
- Gout: Due to the elevated levels of uric acid in Pancrealipase, it can cause an acute gout attack in people who already have gout.
- Blood clotting disorders: Pancrease MT 16 may affect blood clotting and may not be recommended for people with blood clotting disorders.
- Diabetes: Pancrelipase can affect blood sugar levels and may require adjustments in insulin or other medications for people with diabetes.
- Pancreatitis: Pancrelipase can cause or worsen inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) in some people.
- Intestinal blockage: Pancrease MT 16 should not be used in people with a blockage of the intestine or who have abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting that is not because of gastroparesis (delayed emptying of the stomach).
- Bleeding disorders: Pancrelipase can affect the body's ability to clot blood and should be used with caution in people with bleeding disorders.
- Malabsorption syndromes: Pancreatic enzyme products like Pancrease MT 16 should be used with caution in people who have conditions that affect nutrient absorption in the small intestine, such as celiac disease or cystic fibrosis.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Pancrease MT 16 be crushed or opened?
The capsules of Pancrease MT 16 should not be crushed, opened, or chewed. The medication should be swallowed whole with water.
Can Pancrelipase be taken with other medications?
Pancrelipase may interact with some medications, including antacids and proton pump inhibitors. Tell the healthcare provider about all medications, supplements, and herbs being taken before starting Pancrelipase.
Is Pancrease MT 16 safe during pregnancy?
The safety of Pancrease MT 16 during pregnancy is not well established. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consult with their healthcare provider before taking Pancrease MT 16.
It's important to purchase Pancrease MT 16 from verified Canadian pharmacy.