Viokase

DRUG DESCRIPTION

VIOKASE® (pancrelipase, USP) is a pancreatic enzyme concentrate of porcine origin containing standardized lipase, protease, and amylase as well as other pancreatic enzymes. VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) is available in tablet and powder dosage form for oral administration.

The enzyme potencies of the tablets and powder are:

  VIOKASE®
8 Tablet
VIOKASE®
16 Tablet
VIOKASE® Powder
Each 0.7 g (1/4 Teaspoonful)
Lipase, USP units 8,000 16,000 16,800
Protease, USP units 30,000 60,000 70,000
Amylase, USP units 30,000 60,000 70,000

Inactive Ingredients: VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) 8 and VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) 16 Tablets: Lactose, croscarmellose sodium, microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide, stearic acid, talc. VIOKASE® (pancrelipase tablets, powder) Powder: Lactose, sodium chloride.

What are the possible side effects of pancrelipase?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea or vomiting;
  • stomach pain or upset;
  • diarrhea or constipation;
  • greasy stools;
  • rectal irritation; or
  • bloating or gas.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side...

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What are the precautions when taking pancrelipase tablets, powder (Viokase)?

Before taking this digestive enzyme, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to pork protein; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

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.

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Viokase Consumer (continued)

SIDE EFFECTS: Diarrhea, abdominal pain/cramps, or nausea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that 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 unlikely but serious side effects occur: severe 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 (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking this digestive enzyme, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to pork protein; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

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.


Viokase Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Cotazym, Cotazym-S, Creon 10, Creon 20, Creon 5, Dygase, Kutrase, Ku-Zyme, Ku-Zyme HP, Lapase, Lipram, Palcaps 10, Pancrease MT 10, Pancrease MT 16, Pancrease MT 20, Pancrease MT 4, Pancrecarb MS-16, Pancrecarb MS-4, Pancrecarb MS-8, Panocaps, Panocaps MT 16, Panokase, Ultrase, Ultrase MT 12, Ultrase MT 18, Ultrase MT 20, Viokase, Viokase 16, Viokase 8

Generic Name: pancrelipase (oral) (Pronunciation: pan kre LYE pace)

  • What is pancrelipase (Viokase)?
  • What are the possible side effects of pancrelipase?
  • What is the most important information I should know about pancrelipase?
  • What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking pancrelipase?
  • How should I take pancrelipase?
  • What happens if I miss a dose?
  • What happens if I overdose?
  • What should I avoid while taking pancrelipase?
  • What other drugs will affect pancrelipase?
  • Where can I get more information?

What is pancrelipase (Viokase)?

Pancrelipase is a combination of three enzymes (proteins): lipase, protease, and amylase. These enzymes are normally produced by the pancreas and are important in the digestion of fats, proteins, and sugars.

Pancrelipase is used to replace these enzymes when the body does not have enough of its own. Certain medical conditions can cause this lack of enzymes, including cystic fibrosis, chronic inflammation of the pancreas, or blockage of the pancreatic ducts.

Pancrelipase may also be used following surgical removal of the pancreas.

Pancrelipase may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of pancrelipase?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea or vomiting;
  • stomach pain or upset;
  • diarrhea or constipation;
  • greasy stools;
  • rectal irritation; or
  • bloating or gas.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about pancrelipase?

You should not take pancrelipase if you are allergic to pork proteins.

Before taking pancrelipase, tell your doctor if you have a sudden onset of pancreatitis, or worsening of chronic pancreatic disease.

It is important to use pancrelipase regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

Do not hold the tablets or capsule contents in your mouth. The medication may irritate the inside of your mouth.

Do not inhale the powder from a pancrelipase capsule, or allow it to touch your skin. It may cause irritation, especially to your nose and lungs.

If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and wait until your next scheduled dose to take the medicine. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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