Drug Class: Nutrition Supplement
Treats: Nutrient deficiencies, severe malnutrition
Ensure is a strictly adult supplemental meal for people with normal feeding problems such as elderly people, people recovering from serious illness, injuries or surgery. Ensure can also be used to manage conditions that hinder proper feeding causing weight loss. Ensure is a safe supplement for people with lactose intolerance.
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Ensure replaces normal nutrition procedures where a person cannot ingest food normally and extract desired nutrients through digestion. Ensure is contains a balanced nutrient combination that takes the place of a hole meal for people who are under a diet check or have problem feeding normally such as very severe illness victims who lose their appetite and are at a risk of subsequent weight loss Although Ensure contains most of the required nutrients, it cannot be used purely as a meal hence it is better taken between normal meals so as to avoid nutrient stress to the body especially for elderly people. Ensure is unhealthy for people with type 2 diabetes, hyperglycemia, severe malnutrition, liver disease, hyperlipidemia, kidney disease, lactose intolerance, stomach problems, breathing problems, pancreatic disease, dehydration, and intestine problems due to a high risk of adverse effects from Ensure consumption. The highest beneficiaries of Ensure use are people with medical conditions such as;
- Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Lung problems
- Pancreas problems
- Stomach problems
- Prolonged vomiting
Normally, healthy people may not reap any significant benefits from Ensure use.
A doctor's prescription for Ensure is the best dosage option. Any medical history should be disclosed to the prescribing doctor before Ensure prescription and use. Ensure may be administered orally or by a feeding tube depending on the health condition of the patient requiring Ensure use.
Ensure Side Effects
The first introduction of Ensure may result in some negative effects. The most common side effects include: constipation, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and normally are not persistent. Unhealthy consumption of Ensure may result in severe side effects such as:
- Irregular heartbeat,
- Changes in mood or mental status,
- Weak pulse,
- Muscle cramps
- Impaired breathing.
Interactions between other drugs and different ingredients in Ensure are a source of concern and should be avoided as much as possible. Ensure may react with some herbal products, prescription or non-prescription drugs, vitamins and nutritional supplements causing adverse effects. Always disclose information on any other drugs you are using as well as your medical history to the prescribing physician before Ensure prescriptions to avoid unhealthy reactions.