(combined with a proton pump inhibitor) is indicated for treatment of EPI due to chronic pancreatitis and pancreatectomy.
Enzyme supplements such as Pancrease, Creon, Violiase, or Viokase
can help to eliminate malabsorption problems and restore normal digestive function and improve steatorrhea.
The pancreas isn't used as a food but more as a medicine, replacing Viokase
, which is a powder vets usually prescribed for dogs and cats with EPI and that can have many side effects.
43-46) The recommended dose is equivalent to Viokase
16; 12 tablets per day, in divided doses with meals and snacks.
In the kitchen of my mother's home in Queens where we were staying at the time, I set up my own enzyme assay, using Knox gelatin as my protein substrate instead of casein, and the Viobin preparation Viokase
as my standard by which to measure the activity of other products.
He takes 32 Viokase
pills daily to supplement his diet, plus AcipHex, Imodium, and vitamins.
Some of the most widely used prescription enzyme supplements are Viokase
, Epizyme, Panakare Plus, Pancrease-V, and Pancrezyme.
EPI is treated with prescription-strength digestive enzymes such as Viokase
, Pancrezyme, or generic equivalents.