Facts on Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy
One of the major problems of having an exocrine pancreatic insufficiency is the inability of your pancreas to function normally wherein it cannot properly absorb the nutrients from the food as well as digest the food because of the lack of enzyme production. The best way to cure it is to undergo a pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy.
The pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy or PERT, is represented by a pancreatic enzyme supplement that is presented by capsules and these capsules contain the mixture of digestive enzymes. It also has lipase that is responsible for the breakdown of fat; the protease that will assist in the digestion of the protein; and the amylase for the digestion of the carbohydrates.
The intake of the PERT differs from one person to another but most people would follow the two capsule practices for every meal. This only means that there are various variables that need to be taken into consideration such as the size and fat content of your food, the residual function of your pancreas and most importantly, the goal of PERT for you.
It is by far recommended by experts that PERT dosage must begin in a very low dose and the increase will depend if there is still a need for it. You can also follow certain tips for you to achieve a successful medication.
Therefore, the first capsule should be taken together with your first bite and if you have multiple enzymes, the next must be taken at least midway of your meal. Put in mind that enzymes work well if they are being mixed with the food.
Next, put in mind that it is not advised to drink your medicine if you have an empty stomach. Remember that enzymes can work best if they are mixed with food and the purpose of your supplements is to replace the digestive function of your pancreas.
Next, never repeat the dosage if you have a delayed meal. The enzymes will immediately take effect after 60 minutes of intake but if you have excessive dose of it, this will lead to more side effects.
Another tip is to take the medication every meal and if you happen to skip a dose, do not take it twice on the next meal.
You must not chew the capsule rather swallow it whole. Never skip water on your meals. If you are fond of in between meals, it is best that you at least take half of the dose with that meal. Also, don’t forget to place the medication at room temperature to avoid damages of the medicine.
And lastly, make sure that you know your dosage for the medicine even if it will require you to see your doctor regularly.
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