Pancreatin is a pancreatic enzyme supplement created with a mixture of enzymes. It is given to patients whose pancreas is not able to create enough of their own enzymes to digest the food. It is also given to treat digestion problems caused in patients whose pancreas have been surgically removed or are not working well.
Q. Is it safe to take Pancreatin?
Pancreatin is usually safe in patients who have been prescribed to take it for digestion issues caused due to problems of the pancreas. Pancreatin can cause an increase in blood uric acid levels, thereby worsening your gout and causing painful swollen joints. Pancreatin may also cause allergic reactions like skin rashes, swollen lips, increased flatulence, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, etc. Consult your doctor before you start taking this medicine and give a proper history of allergies and the medicines you are currently taking.
Q. How should I take Pancreatin?
Take the capsule with food and swallow it as a whole. Drink plenty of fluids after taking the medicine. It is very essential to increase your fluid intake while taking Pancreatin. In case you have trouble swallowing capsules, you can take out the granules from the capsules and mix them with fruit juices or yoghurt and swallow it. Just be careful not to crush the granules.
Q. What food should I eat if I have pancreatic enzyme insufficiency?
You should try to take five small meals to make it easier for your pancreas to digest what you eat. Take a well-balanced, low-fat diet and strictly limit the foods which contain a high amount of saturated and trans fats. Your diet should preferably contain whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fat-free meat/poultry, beans and low-fat dairy sources. Drink plenty of fluids and water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Ask your doctor if you can take regular vitamin like A, D, E, and K, as it will be benefecial for you. You can have limited amounts of healthy polyunsaturated fat. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol strictly because this can damage your pancreas.
Q. Can Pancreatin be given in children?
Yes, Pancreatin can be given to children. Just like adults, even children need to be given a sufficient amount of fluids while on treatment with Pancreatin. When giving it to infants aged 12 months or less, you can open the capsule and empty the contents directly into the infant’s mouth. Following this, you can feed breast milk or infant milk formula to your baby. However, do not mix the medicine directly into the formula or breast milk. Also, be cautious to see that the baby swallows the entire medicine and nothing is retained in the baby’s mouth, as it can cause irritation in the mouth.
No. Simethicone is not an antacid. But it is used in preparations which are used as antacid
Q. Does it contain aspirin?
It does not contain aspirin
Q. Is Simethicone available over the counter?
Yes. Simethicone is sold over the counter without a prescription
Q. Is Simethicone gluten free?
Yes. Simethicone is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use
Q. Is Simethicone safe?
Yes. Simethicone is relatively safe
Q. Is Simethicone safe for babies?
Simethicone is safe for infants and babies, if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor
Q. Is it safe to take Simethicone daily?
It is advisable to take Simethicone only as per the instructions of the doctor
Q. Is Simethicone good for gas?
Yes. Simethicone is effective in the treatment of gas
Q. Does it have any side effects?
It does not have any known serious side-effects
Q. Can I take simethicone with ibuprofen, famotidine, lansoprazole, omeprazole, antibiotics, ranitidine, ciprofloxacin, Pepto-bismol, or Depakote?
Yes. Simethicone can be taken with ibuprofen, famotidine, lansoprazole, omeprazole, antibiotics, ranitidine, ciprofloxacin, Pepto-bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) or Depakote (divalproate sodium), if prescribed by your doctor
Q. Does Simethicone cause nausea or constipation?
Simethicone is not known to cause nausea or constipation. If you experience any such symptoms, please consult your doctor
Q. Is Simethicone effective against acid reflux?
Simethicone is effective in controlling acid reflux if combined with an antacid.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 25th Nov 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.