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Creon is a capsule shaped oral tablet made up of pancrelipase. Pancrelipase is part of the drug class called digestive enzymes and comes in the brand name Creon in 10000 U and 25000 U dosages. This medication is also known as MiniMicropheres internationally.
Creon is prescribed for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, chronic inflammation of the pancreas, and for blockages of the pancreatic ducts. With these conditions, the pancreas needs assistance with food digestion because the pancreas can no longer do it on its own. Creon is prescribed to help replace the enzymes in your body, including lipases, proteases, and amylases since your body can no longer produce enough. These enzymes are important as they are essential for the breakdown and digestion of proteins, starches, and fats.
Your doctor will tell you before prescribing you Creon exactly how to take this medication. Follow his or her directions, they can usually be found on the prescription label if you forget.
This medication is best taken with a light snack or meal. Creon should be swallowed whole with full glass of water; avoid breaking, chewing, or crushing this tablet. When you take this capsule, ensure to swallow it right away and avoid keeping it in your mouth too long (it may cause irriation).
Alternate method: If you have a hard time swallowing pills, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow the applesauce without chewing.
Do not mix this medication with infant formula or breast milk; give the dose right after feeding.
Avoid getting the medication on your skin or inhaled through your nose or mouth.
This medication is most effective if it is taken regularly. Take this medication at the same time every day to develop a routine to ensure you don’t forget.
Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.
In rare cases, Creon has caused a serious bowel disorder. If you develop symptoms such as severe or unusual stomach pain, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation, tell your doctor right away.
This medication can cause irritation in your mouth if the capsule is kept in your mouth for too long.
It is not yet known if pancrelipase (Creon) will harm an unborn baby or travel into a mothers breast milk. If you are pregnant or plan to be, discuss the risks with your doctor before taking Creon.
To determine if Creon is right for you, make sure you tell your doctor about any of the following if they apply to you;
Common side effects of Creon may include:
Serious side effects of Creon may include:
Signs to watch for:
Serious bowel disorder - severe or unusual stomach pain, vomiting, bloating, diarrhea, constipation.
How should I store this medication?
Store Creon in a dry, room temperature area away from heat.
Can children use this medication? How much is a good dose for children?
It is safe for the use of children. Infants (up to 12 months) can take 3,000U per 120mL of formula (medicine should be done AFTER the infant has eaten). Children between 1-4 years begin on 1,000U per kg of body weight (no more than 2500U per kg of body weight. Children older than 4 can start with 500U per kg of body weight per meal with a max of 2500 per kg of body weight per meal or less than 4,000U per gram of fat ingested per day.
What are some drug interactions with Creon?
Sodium bicarbonate, folic acid, aspirin, Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), and Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) are some drugs that may interact with Creon.
Is this medication okay for women who are pregnant?
Creon should only be used if it is absolutely needed and the benefits outweigh the risks while pregnant.
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