Improving food digestion in patients who cannot digest food properly because they have a pancreas problem (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency) caused by cystic fibrosis or certain other conditions. Creon is a digestive enzyme combination. It works by helping the body to digest protein, starch, and fat.
Creon is a pancrelipase, which is a combination of proteases, porcine-derived lipases, and amylases, used for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency. Due to lack of pancreatic enzymes, some people develop a condition called cystic fibrosis (CF) and swelling of the pancreas (chronic pancreatitis). Creon can be used to treat these problems effectively.
Creon (pancrelipase) is a combination medication which contains three proteins namely; protease, lipase, and amylase. These proteins or enzymes are mainly made by the pancreas. They are essential in the digestion of fats, proteins, as well as sugars.
Creon is mainly used to replace these digestive enzymes especially when the body has less of its own. Lack of digestive enzymes in the body may be caused by various medical conditions such as chronic inflammation of the pancreas or cystic fibrosis. Creon may also be used after surgical removal of the pancreas. Do not use this medication if you are allergic to proteins.
Creon may cause some side effects. Common side effects include; Diarrhea, constipation, headache, abdominal pain, gas, dizziness, cough, nausea, or vomiting. If any of these effects occur, inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.