Overview

Pancreatic enzyme products are usually obtained from the pancreas of pigs. Sometimes they come from the pancreas of cows. The pancreas is an organ in animals and people that makes chemicals - amylase, lipase, and protease - that are needed for proper digestion. Pancreatic enzyme products available by prescription and as a supplement.

Prescription pancreatic enzyme products are most commonly used to treat digestion problems that result when the pancreas has been removed or is not working well. Cystic fibrosis or long-term swelling of the pancreas are two of the conditions that can cause the pancreas to function poorly. While pancreatic enzyme supplements are also available, they're not recommended for this or any other condition.

How does it work ?

Pancreatic enzyme products contain amylase, lipase, and protease. These chemicals are normally made by the pancreas and help to digest food.

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