A 37-year-old member asked:
Is there anything i can use as a natural home substitute for pancrease (pancrelipase)?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Don't waste your $ !: Assuming you have a normal functioning pancreas (that makes bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) digestive enzymes, & insulin) then you don't need to supplement pancreatic products. Otc "enzymes" are often inadequately regulated as to amount & efficacy, & can actually hurt the intestines when taken in high dose unnecessarily for a prolonged time. Instead, see your doctor to address if you are maldigesting your food.
5.8k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
A 47-year-old member asked:
Is pancrelipase a good substitute to pancrease?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 33 years experience
Maybe: It depends on why you're taking pancrease (pancrelipase). If it's because your pancreas does not make enough pancrease (pancrelipase) on its own (pancreatic exocrine insufficiency), then you may also be deficient in lipase, so a combination of the two may be good for your condition. Hope this helps.
5.9k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Jul 29, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.