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Pancreatitis - Medications

Chronic pancreatitis

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.

Medicine choices

You may need one or more medicines to treat chronic pancreatitis. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.

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 bowel obstruction.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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