What is Pancrezyme?
Pancrezyme is a prescription medication used to treat pancreatic insufficiency syndrome, a condition where a pet cannot make a sufficient amount of pancreatic enzymes to digest food properly.
Who is it for?
Pancrezyme is for dogs and cats.
What are the benefits?
||Supplies pancreatic enzymes to pets with a non-functioning pancreas
||Helps your pet digest fat, protein, and sugars
||Helps return pets to a healthy weight, since weight loss is common when the pancreas isn't functioning properly
How does Pancrezyme work?
Pancrezyme effectively replaces enzymes normally produced by the pancreas for the purpose of digesting and absorbing fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
How is it given?
Pancrezyme is given orally. The powder is mixed with the food. Usually small, more frequent meals are suggested. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian. This medication should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.
What results can I expect?
The animal's digestion will improve immediately, though it may take some time for the animal's weight, stools, haircoat, etc. to return to normal. In most cases, Pancrezyme is given for the life of the animal.
What form(s) does it come in?
Pancrezyme comes in tablet and powder form.
Please click on "More Information" for possible drug and food interactions with this medication.
Common Drug Name
Pancreatic enzymes, pancrelipase
What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Pancrezyme?
Talk to your veterinarian about what type of outcome is expected. Have your veterinarian explain any other treatment options that may be available to treat your pet's condition.
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has an allergy to pork.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking. Also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give two doses at once.
What is the most important information I should know?
Follow your veterinarian's directions. Usually Pancrezyme needs to be given for the entire life of the animal.
Who should not take it?
Do not use in animals hypersensitive (allergic) to pork products.
What side effects may be seen when taking Pancrezyme?
High doses may cause diarrhea, cramping, or vomiting. If you observe any of these reactions, contact your veterinarian immediately. May cause mouth irritation if powder is not mixed well with moistened food and allowed to stand.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives,
scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
How is it stored?
Store in a tight, light-resistant, childproof container at room temperature. Keep out of reach of children and pets.
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
An overdose may cause diarrhea, vomiting, or cramping. The effects should be temporary.
If you know or suspect your pet had had an overdose, or if you observe any unusual signs, symptoms, or
behaviors, contact your veterinarian immediately.
What should I avoid when giving my pet Pancrezyme?
Consult your veterinarian before using pancreatic enzymes with any other medications, including vitamins and supplements, antacids, cimetidine, and other histamine H2 receptor antagonists (medications used to decrease stomach acid), since interactions may occur.
Avoid antacids when using Pancrezyme, as they may decrease the effectiveness of pancreatic enzymes.
Where is more information available?
Ask your veterinarian, consult with one of our pharmacists at 1-800-447-3021, or see the
Patient Information Sheet on this medication.