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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is there prescription or otc pancrease (pancrelipase) to help with digestion?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Not needed usually: 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.

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