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Doctor insights on: Safe Pancreatic Enzymes Pregnant

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Is it safe to take pancreatic enzymes while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take pancreatic enzymes while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes: Pancreatic enzymes are natural chemicals that help break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and are available in prescription and non-prescription forms. Since the non-prescription forms are usually purchased "otc, " they are not regulated by the fda and quality can vary among manufacturers. All in all, however, they are considered safe in pregnancy and nursing. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is papaya enzyme safe to administer to pregnant women?

Is papaya enzyme safe to administer to pregnant women?

Yes but why: There is no danger associated with eating fruit or taking a fruit supplement. Why take it though? There is no scientific evidence that this would be helpful or productive. Generally avoid supplements other than a prenatal vitamin during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What is a safe pancreas enzyme level?

What is a safe pancreas enzyme level?

Pancreas enzyme?: You'd need to specify which pancreatic enzyme you're asking about, as there are many. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take over-the-counter pancreatic enzyme supplements?

Is it safe to take over-the-counter pancreatic enzyme supplements?

Be aware: Do not take any medication unless there is a valid need or reason. Always follow the doctor's or manufacturer's directions. ...Read more

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Is it safe/ unsafe if I take digestive enzyme two times per day forever? Can it impair my digestive pancreas or intestine?

No, but: Why would you do so? Try to see a gastroenterologist for evaluation, you may not need those digestive enzymes at all, good luck ...Read more

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Is lactose free milk (with lactase enzyme) safe to drink in pregnancy?

Is lactose free milk (with lactase enzyme) safe to drink in pregnancy?

YesButWhyLactoseFree: No clear safety issue: lactose, a sugar (-ose means sugar), the principal sugar in mammalian milk, including human, & derived products. Food processing for extra cost is a big industry, but that does not mean necessary/safer/healthy. Some do not make as much lactase, a digestive enzyme for lactose, as adults; more common in people of asian heritage. However many other reasons some don’t like milk. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take pancreatic enzyme supplements and clonazepam?

Listen to your body: Pancreatic enzymes are generally safe and since Clonazepam is an oral medication it is not degraded by normal levels of pancreatic enzymes. If one has not taken either enzymes or clonazepam, it is always wise to start one at a time and observe how one's body responds. If one notices a beneficial response one can trust that the combination is safe. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take papaya enzyme supplements during pregnancy? (for heartburn)

Is it safe to take papaya enzyme supplements during pregnancy? (for heartburn)

Controversial: Since it hasn't been tested in a controlled study, medical community recommends against it. Green papaya reportedly can cause pre-term labor. As an enzyme (i.e. Protein) it may not survive stomach acid. However, there are many anecdotal reports of its benefit for heartburn. Others claim milk worked best for them. Advise low-fat/skim milk since fat stimulates acid secretion. ...Read more

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Is central market brand digestive enzymes safe during pregnancy?

Is central market brand digestive enzymes safe during pregnancy?

Yes: Otherwise they would have a warning label. But why would you want to waste your money on digestive enzymes? Plain joghurt or kefir or ayran do a similar job. ...Read more

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I take digestive enzymes for ibs. Is it safe to continue these during pregnancy?

I take digestive enzymes for ibs. Is it safe to continue these during pregnancy?

Depends: It depends what that enzyme is. I suggest resubmitting the question and specifically mentioning the name of medication you are curious about. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use GNC natural brand super digestive enzymes (http://www. Gnc. Com/product/index. Jsp? Productid=2291) during pregnancy? It has papain, which I have heard mixed things about. I have ibs.

I would avoid.: The GNC ones you asked about do not appear to be enteric coated which means these enzymes will be broken down by stomach acid before reaching the gut, rendering them mostly useless. There is some evidence that some of these enzymes might affect folate (folic acid) absorption which is critical for early neural development, so I would recommend saving your money! Perhaps invest in some organic veggies instead! ...Read more

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What enzymes does the pancreas produce?

What enzymes does the pancreas produce?

Digestive enzymes.: The islets of langerhans in the pancreas contain its endocrine cells that produce hormones that help control blood glucose levels: Alpha cells - glucagon, beta cells - Insulin and amylin, delta cells - somatostatin, pp cells - pancreatic polypeptide, epsilon cells -ghrelin. The exocrine cells make digestive enzymes, like trypsinogen and chymotrypsinogen, to break down lipids and carbohydrates. ...Read more

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Which enzymes does the pancreas produce?

Which enzymes does the pancreas produce?

Digestive: Hi. Among the most important enzymes the exocrine pancreas produces are those involved in digestion of food in the first part of the small intestine. Major enzymes are amylase, polysaccharidases, lipase, trypsin, chymotrypsin, others. ...Read more

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What could cause my pancreas to produce too much enzymes?

What could cause my pancreas to produce too much enzymes?

Not overproducing: Hi. When your pancreatic enzymes (amylase and lipase) are high in your blood, it's NOT from the pancreas overproducing them, it's from pancreatic inflammation that leaks them out. Causes of pancraetic inflammation (aka pancreatitis) are many. Some of the more common causes are gallstones, alcoholism, very high serum triglycerides, various medications, cystic fibrosis, etc. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does a high level of enzymes in the pancreas signify?

What does a high level of enzymes in the pancreas signify?

From the pancreas?: High level of pancreatic enzymes lipase/amylase can indicate pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). ...Read more

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What blood test checks for pancreatic enzymes?

What blood test checks for pancreatic enzymes?

Amylase & lipase: These check for the enzymes to see if they're being released into the blood when somebody has an upper abdominal emergency. If you're concerned you haven't got enough pancreatic enzymes, a stool assay for pancreatic elastase might be more helpful. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are digestive enzymes and pancreas enzymes the same thing?

I'm wondering are digestive enzymes and pancreas enzymes the same thing?

Medically, yes: Hi. Yes, from a therapeutic standpoint, they are. There are also digestive enzymes in saliva & from the stomach that are not pancreatic enzymes, but when you're talking about drug therapy digestive enzymes, they're pancreatic enzymes (Pancrease, Creon, etc). ...Read more

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Chronic pancreatitis are there any known drugs that can stop the enzymes from destroying the pancreas? In trials?

Chronic pancreatitis are there any known drugs that can stop the enzymes from destroying the pancreas? In trials?

Haven't heard of...: Haven't heard of a successful treatment to block the secretion or damaging effect of the pancreatic enzymes (the G.I. Specialists have tried some meds to decrease secretion on enzymes). ...Read more

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Is it bad to have a pancreatic enzymes level over 300?

Yes: It indicates inflammation of the pancreas (lipase or amylase). The main thing is to find out the cause so you can treat it and prevent it from happening again. For now, supportive care, pain control, bowel rest needed depending on your current symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about pancreas producing to much enzymes?

Lipase in blood: The pancrease (pancrelipase) secretes lipase into our duodenum to metabolize fats that we eat. We absorb fats as fatty acids --small portions of large fat molecules. Similarly, the pancreas secretes amylase into the duodenum to break complex carbs into absorbable sugars. However higher than normal blood concentrations DO occur when the pancreas is inflamed, (alcohol), or its duct is blocked (gall stone). ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have too many pancreatic enzymes?

Trick question!: Hi. Just kidding about trick question. Not possible to have too many panc. Enz., BUT if they're in the wrong PLACE, then you've got pancreatitis. Panc. Enz. Belong in the gut lumen, where are essential for digestion. Elevated pancreatic enzymes in the BLOOD mean pancreatic inflammation (pancreatitis) has released the enz. Where they don't belong. These enz. Digest fats, proteins, carbs; do havoc! ...Read more

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After pregnancy is it ok to take enzyme pill?

After pregnancy is it ok to take enzyme pill?

Which one?: The answer depends on which enzyme you are referring to. If you're talking about the over-the-counter digestive enzymes then this should be fine. ...Read more

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What are the common causes of high pancreatic enzyme levels?

What are the common causes of high pancreatic enzyme levels?

Pancreatitis: Inlammation of the pancreas, pancreatitis, is most commonly caused by a gallstone blocking the entrance of the pancreatic duct into the intestine, or alcoholism. Less common causes include side-effects of certain drugs, very high triglyceride levels, and anatomical abnormalities of the pancreas. ...Read more

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The duct in my pancreas has closed almost completely off. Why does it cause so much pain if my enzymes are normal?

The duct in my pancreas has closed almost completely off. Why does it cause so much pain if my enzymes are normal?

Pancreas: There are many reasons for abdominal pain that are not related to enzymes. You need to let your doctor know or seek advice from another doctor. Don't wait too long! ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


Enzyme (Definition)

An enzyme causes the transformation of a compoond to another compound. In living structures, it is the transformation of a protein to another form. An example is from an inactive state ...Read more