Ultresa (pancrelipase) is a pancreatic enzyme replacement treatment (a mixture of three distinct enzymes) used to assist the body absorb critical vitamins and minerals in patients with cystic fibrosis and certain other disorders. Ultresa does not have a generic equivalent.
How to use Ultresa?
Your chemist may supply you with a drug Guide for some brands of this drug. If one is available, read the Medication Guide before beginning treatment and each time you obtain a refill. If you have any concerns, speak with your doctor or chemist.
As instructed by your doctor, take this medication by mouth with meals and snacks. Take the pill whole. Do not crush or chew the capsules, and do not keep them in your mouth. This can irritate the mouth and alter how the drug works.
If swallowing is problematic, open the capsule and mix the contents with a small amount of liquid or soft food that does not need chewing (such as room-temperature applesauce). Do not combine the capsule contents with alkaline foods or liquids (such as milk, ice cream, or tea). For further information on what foods/liquids (such as infant formula and breast milk) to avoid when combining, see your doctor or chemist. Swallow the food or fluids immediately, without chewing the medicine. Drink a glass of water or juice after eating to ensure that all of the medicine is absorbed. Do not keep the pharmaceutical combination in the refrigerator.
Dosage is determined by your medical condition, food, weight, and treatment response. Take no more pills per day than your doctor has advised. Your condition will not improve faster, and your chances of experiencing negative effects will rise.
Unless your doctor instructs you otherwise, drink lots of water while taking this medicine.
To get the most out of this drug, take it on a daily basis. It should be consumed with every meal or snack.
If your doctor has advised you to follow a specific diet, it is critical that you do so in order to obtain the greatest benefit from this drug.
Change pancrelipase brands or dosage forms without first contacting your doctor or chemist. Different goods may have varying levels of digestive enzymes.
Ultresa may raise your risk of developing fibrosing colonopathy, a rare bowel illness. This is a dangerous condition that may necessitate surgery. Following your doctor’s dose recommendations may lower your chance of developing this illness.
If you see anything strange or serious, contact your doctor straight away:
- stomach (abdominal) region pain
- Bloating and difficulty passing stool (having bowel motions)
- nauseousness, vomiting, or diarrhea
Take Ultresa exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
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