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Protease is used in the treatment of indigestion and pancreatitis

How it works

Protease belongs to the class of medications called pancreatic enzyme preparations.  It is a synthetic form of enzyme protease and helps break down protein, fats and carbohydrates in food thereby aiding digestion.

Common side effects

Diarrhoea, Stomach pain, Abdominal bloating

Available Medicine

Expert advice

  • Do not take Protease if you are allergic to pork or any pig product.
  • Notify your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Take Protease with a meal or a snack and drink plenty of water.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is protease an enzyme, coenzyme or a cofactor?
Protease is an enzyme, not coenzyme or cofactor

Q. Is protease found in saliva or the stomach?
Protease is found in the saliva as well as the digestive tract of the body

Q. Does protease break down starch?
Protease breaks down proteins but not starch. Amylase breaks down starch

Q. Does protease kill good bacteria/ virus/ yeast/ candida?
Proteases is believed to kill good bacteria, virus, yeast, and candida.

Content on this page was last updated on 18 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)