Enzyme Replacement Therapy

Why do I need to take pancreatic enzymes?

If your pancreas has been damaged by disease, or if you have had surgery to this gland you may be unable to produce certain enzymes, which are needed to help you digest your food. These enzymes are called:-

  • ¬†Lipase which helps to break down fat
  • ¬†Protease which helps to break down protein
  • ¬†Amylase which helps break down carbohydrate

If your pancreas is not producing these enzymes you may develop a condition called steatorrhoea. This is where your stools (motions) are smelly and have a lot of fat in them. This can make them difficult to flush away. You can also have pains in your abdomen (tummy) after you have eaten certain foods, especially fatty or greasy things.

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