What is Ultrase?

Ultrase is no longer available in the United States.

Ultrase is a prescription medication that's used to help digest food in people whose pancreas isn't working properly. Normally, the pancreas produces enzymes that help break down food, but in some people, the pancreas doesn't function the way it should. A variety of conditions may affect the way the pancreas works, including cystic fibrosis, surgery, pancreatic cancer or other pancreatic disease, and pancreatitis due to alcohol use. Ultrase may help people with these conditions because it contains a drug called pancrelipase, which is combination of three enzymes: protease, amylase, and lipase. These enzymes are needed to digest starches (sugars), proteins, and fats.

Ultrase comes as a capsule that's taken by mouth, usually with every meal. Generally, the capsules should be swallowed whole, but they can be opened and mixed into a soft food like applesauce or pudding to make it easier to swallow. Don't allow the powder from the capsule to touch your skin, and don't inhale it, because it may cause irritation.

Your doctor will tell you how to take Ultrase, and your dosage may be adjusted depending on how your body is responding to the medication. For Ultrase to be effective, you must use it regularly, so keep taking it even if you feel well. Always make sure you take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Your doctor will most likely recommend a special diet for you while you're taking Ultrase, so follow your doctor's recommendations.

Ultrase is manufactured by Axcan Pharma, Inc., and although there are many other types of medications that contain the same active ingredient (pancrelipase), no generic versions of Ultrase are currently available. Talk to your doctor to determine whether Ultrase is right for you.

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