Enzyme Replacement Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis
What To Think About
Follow the eating plan your doctor gave you. This can help the medicine work properly and can help prevent indigestion.
Drink plenty of water while you are using this medicine.
One brand or dose form (tablet, capsule, liquid) may work better for you than another. Don't switch products before talking to your doctor first.
Enzymes may not work as well if you have too much acid in your stomach. Your doctor may suggest that you take another medicine to stop the stomach from making too much acid. Do not use antacids that contain calcium carbonate and/or magnesium hydroxate. They may not let the pancrelipase work properly.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Reference Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Advice for women
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant, do not use any medicines unless your doctor tells you to. Some medicines can harm your baby. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. And make sure that all your doctors know that you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Susanna McColley, MD - Pediatric Pulmonology