How to take Creon
How should I take and store Creon?
Creon should be taken with each meal so that the enzymes can mix with the food and break it down into small molecules which can be absorbed. It is important that the capsules and granules are not crushed or chewed as this can affect how it works.
What is my dose?
How much Creon you need depends on your condition and how fatty the food you eat is. It will also change depending on whether you are having a small snack or a large dinner.
Your doctor, nurse or dietitian will be able to tell you how much Creon is recommended for each type of meal. It might be worth keeping a record of their guidance so you can refer to it later.
Creon is available in different strengths; 40,000, 25,000, 10,000 and Creon Micro (5,000). The number refers to how much lipase it contains.
Keep Creon away from heat
Enzymes can be damaged at high temperatures. Do not store Creon in warm places such as window sills, near radiators, in cars or trouser pockets. Also avoid taking Creon with hot drinks.
Let your doctors know you are using Creon
For your health, and to ensure you stay on track, it’s important to
ensure all your healthcare practitioners know that you have been prescribed Creon.
Staying on top of your treatment
If taken correctly, your treatment can not only help prevent the short-term effects of PEI, such as tummy pain and weight loss, but can also help prevent the more serious and longer term effects, like heart problems or osteoporosis.
You should continue to take your medicine until your healthcare practitioner tells you to stop – many patients will need to take PERT
for the rest of their lives.