Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Pancrelipase has been prescribed by your veterinarian to help your pet digest fat, protein and sugars in its diet. If pets do not properly digest their food, they can get diarrhea. This medication aids in digestion and therefore, stops the diarrhea.

How do I give this medication?

"Avoid inhaling the powder since it may cause irritation of the mucous membranes and could trigger asthma in susceptible individuals."
  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • The powder form of this medication is mixed with food and left to stand for approximately 20 minutes before feeding. Generally, best results are obtained by feeding small meals frequently (at least 3 times per day).
  • This medication is usually given for life.
  • Cats may be dosed with capsules, since they usually do not like the taste of the powder.
  • After giving the medication, ensure that your pet eats or drinks, to prevent esophageal ulcers.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.
  • Immediately wash off any powder that may get on your skin or your pet's skin, to prevent skin irritation.
  • Avoid inhaling the powder since it may cause irritation of the mucous membranes and could trigger asthma in susceptible individuals.

What if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store the medication in tight containers in a dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

What are the potential side effects?

  • This medication may cause diarrhea, cramping or nausea if the dose is too high.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following drugs can potentially interact with pancrelipase: antacids, cimetidine (or other H2 receptor antagonists).
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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