In addition to pain medicine,
people who have chronic illness may take pancreatic enzymes and
insulin because their damaged pancreas no longer
produces enough of these.
You may need one or more medicines to treat chronic
Pain medicine. Mild
pain is first treated with a medicine such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If
you have stronger pain, you may be given an opiate pain reliever.
Pancreatic enzyme supplements. In
advanced chronic pancreatitis, the pancreas may stop producing the enzymes
needed to digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Enzyme supplements at meals
can help the body digest fats, allowing you to retain nutrients and gain
Insulin. Advanced chronic
pancreatitis can lead to
diabetes if the part of the pancreas that produces
insulin becomes damaged.
What to think about
Side effects of pancreatic
enzymes that are given to treat chronic pancreatitis include abdominal
(belly) discomfort and soreness of the mouth and the anus. People who are allergic to
pork or who do not eat pork for other reasons should not take these enzymes,
because they are made of pork protein. In young children, high doses of
pancreatic enzymes could cause a