Creon is a brand-name pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy that helps people of all ages with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) due to cystic fibrosis. It’s also used in patients who have had pancreatectomy or chronic pancreatitis to help them digest foods.
Your doctor will prescribe the right amount of Creon for you or your child. Be sure to take your medicine at the same time each day.
How many CREON capsules can I take a day?
Creon is a medication used to treat a condition called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI)*. With EPI, your body doesn’t make enough of certain pancreatic enzymes to help digest foods. This can cause symptoms like diarrhoea, steatorrhoea (foul fatty stools that float in your toilet), and bloating.
Doctors prescribe a dose of Creon that’s based on how many meals and snacks you eat each day. Then, you take the drug with each meal or snack.
Instruct patients that if they miss a dose, they should take it as soon as possible with the next meal or snack. Doses should not be doubled or taken more often than needed.
Taking too much Creon can lead to serious side effects, including fibrosing colonopathy and high levels of uric acid in the blood. People with gout or kidney disease may be at higher risk for these problems.
How many CREON tablets can I take a day?
There is no fixed number of Creon tablets you can take a day. The amount you should take depends on your weight and how much fat you eat.
Taking too much Creon can lead to high levels of uric acid in your blood. This can cause fibrosing colonopathy.
It may also make you gain weight. Your doctor will talk with you about how to lose or control your weight while taking Creon.
Your doctor may also suggest a change in your diet. You should try to follow your doctor’s diet plan and avoid fatty or greasy foods that may be harder for you to digest with Creon treatment.
Your doctor may prescribe antacids to help relieve heartburn, stomach upset or indigestion that can occur with Creon treatment. If you take antacids, use them at least one hour before or after you take your Creon capsules.
How many CREON softgels can I take a day?
CREON softgels are usually taken with a meal or snack and enough liquid to completely swallow. You should not take more capsules in a day than the number of capsules your doctor tells you to take (total daily dose).
Your doctor may change your Creon dose based on how much fatty food you eat or based on your weight. Keep track of your meals and snacks and any adverse effects you have while you are taking it so that your doctor can help you get the right dose for you.
Unlike other pancreatic enzyme products, CREON is enteric-coated to minimize destruction or inactivation in gastric acid. This helps prevent early release of the active pancreatic enzymes and irritation of oral mucosa.
Because of this coating, CREON should not be crushed or chewed or mixed in foods having a pH greater than 4.5. These actions can disrupt the protective enteric coating resulting in early release of the enzymes, irritation of oral mucosa, and/or loss of enzyme activity.
How many CREON gels can I take a day?
CREON is a pancreatic enzyme supplement that helps your body digest fats and proteins. It also lowers your stool frequency and relieves stomach pain and discomfort.
It should be taken with food to work correctly. Your doctor will tell you how much to take each time.
Creon is used to treat exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) due to cystic fibrosis or after partial or full pancreatectomy.
EPI is when the pancreas doesn’t make enough digestive enzymes to break down food. People with EPI may also have problems digesting fat.
If you have EPI, your doctor will prescribe Creon to replace the missing enzymes in your diet. Your doctor will talk to you about other medications that can help with your condition.
Your doctor will also talk to you about changes in your weight. The extra calories your body absorbs from taking Creon may cause you to gain weight.
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