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Creon - Overview
Creon is a medication consisting of pancreatic enzymes and used to treat certain types of disorders of the pancreas. People who might need a Creon prescription can connect with medical providers through Push Health who can prescribe Creon in situations when it is appropriate to do so.
What Is Creon Used For?
Creon, sometimes referred to as pancrelipase, is a medication used in treating exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis and several other conditions. Creon consists of enzymes known as lipases, amylases and proteases derived from porcine sources. As a medication which is administered orally, Creon capsules are enteric-coated - a process which protects them from destruction by acids in the stomach. Once the pancreatic enzymes in Creon capsules reach the intestines, they act as a substitute for pancreatic enzymes that are normally in the gut and are used to break down fats, proteins and starches. Pancreatic enzymes from Creon capsules are only minimally absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.
Creon - Dosage and Cost
Creon was studied with the ingredient lipase and, as a result, Creon dosages are based on lipase units. Creon capsules also contain other active enzymes such as amylase and protease and different dosages of Creon exist with different unit levels of the respective enzymes. Creon pancreatic enzyme capsules should be swallowed whole. While the decision is up to the prescribing medical provider, some providers will prescribe 500 lipase units / kg of body weight per meal for adults up to a maximum of 2,500 lipase units / kg of body weight per meal and 10,000 lipase units / kg of body weight per day. Creon capsules are available as 6,000 USP units of lipase / 19,000 USP units of protease / 30,000 USP units of amylase capsules, 12,000 USP units of lipase / 38,000 USP units of protease / 60,000 USP units of amylase capsules and 24,000 USP units of lipase / 76,000 USP units of protease / 120,000 USP units of amylase capsules. Creon is not cheap, costing over $3 per Creon 12000 unit capsule. The costs associated with a Creon capsule prescription may be covered by insurance and Creon coupons can also be found online at times. Creon capsules should typically be stored at room temperature under 25° C.
Can I Buy Creon Online?
Creon medication requires a prescription before it can be dispensed by a pharmacy in the United States. As a result, one cannot just buy Creon online or get it over the counter at a pharmacy as the first step is getting a prescription for Creon. People who are in need of a Creon prescription, however, can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe Creon medication when appropriate to do so.
Creon - Side Effects
Creon, like other medications, can cause side effects, including abdominal discomfort, cough, dizziness, headache, flatulence and abnormal feces. Less common side effects include the development of fibrosing colopathy, irritation of the oral mucosa, exacerbation of gout / hyperuricemia, renal impairment and viral transmission. People with a known allergy to proteins of porcine origin should not use pancrelipase. People with allergies or hypersensitivity reactions to Creon or pancrelipase should not use the medication. Creon and alcohol should not be used concomitantly. Before using Creon prescription medication, it is important to discuss possible side effects with a medical provider and pharmacist.
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Last updated June 11, 2021. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.