Drug Class: digestive aids
Treats: Indigestion due to the pancreas failure
Pepsin is used to treat digestion problems that occur the pancreas is not working optimally or has been removed. Pepsin may also be used to treat steatorrhea, a condition characterized by loose, fatty stools. Pepsin is only available through a doctor or pharmacist prescription.
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Pepsin works by replacing digestive enzymes when the body is unable to produce or have enough of its own. These digestive enzymes are produced by the pancreas and are essential for the digestion of proteins, fats and sugars.
The inability of the pancreas to create enough digestive enzymes can be caused by a number of factors such as pancreatic cancer, pancreas surgery, cystic fibrosis or pancreatitis. You should not use Pepsin if you are allergic to pork proteins or have a chronic pancreas problem. Ask your doctor if it is safe to use Pepsin if you have asthma or gout. While Pepsin may be used to treat other conditions not listed here, it is typically indicated for:
- Indigestion due to the pancreas failure
Pepsin should be use as directed by the doctor. The doctor may use factors such as your weight, medical history and response to treatment to establish the Pepsin dose. The time, length and interval between doses are determined by the severity of the condition being treated. Equally, the amount of Pepsin to be administered depends on the strength of the drug. Below is the Pepsin dosage
- 150 Mg-300 Mg-250 Mg Oral Delayed Release Tablet every 24 hours
If you miss a Pepsin dosage, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the subsequent dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule.
Pepsin Side Effects
Just like any other drug using Pepsin is will bring about side effects. The extent of the side effects may vary from one patient to the other. Not all side effects may be reported but do not hesitate to contact your doctor immediately you experience the severe side effects listed below. Mild side effects may go away as the body gets used to the effects of the drug.
Common Pepsin Side Effects:
- Loss of appetite
- Upper stomach pain
Call the Doctor if You Experience These Severe Side Effects:
- Severe headache
- Severe dizziness
- Tightness in the chest
- Irregular heartbeat
Pepsin may cause other side effects not listed above
Below is a list of drugs and substances that can interact with Pepsin. In most instances, Pepsin may not be combined with other drugs unless under the doctor's direction. Seek your doctor's advice before using any new medications or substances.
Drugs that Interact With Pepsin:
- chromium picolinate
- Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone)
- Ginger Root
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
Pepsin may interact with other drugs and substances not listed above. Be sure to share a list of all drugs, both prescription and non-prescription as well as dietary supplements that you may be using to help monitor possible interactions with your doctor.