Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy

If you have chronic pancreatitis, a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour (PNET), had surgery for other cancer types or have had some of your pancreas removed, your pancreas may not produce enough enzymes to digest your food. As a result you may not be able to absorb the food you eat very well. This is called malabsorption.

To help you absorb food properly again you will need to take replacement pancreatic enzymes. We treat malabsorption by replacing the enzymes you lack. There are a few different brands of enzymes that may be prescribed.

They come in different strengths, for example, Creon 10000, Creon 25000 and Creon 40000. The number shows the amount of lipase in each capsule. So each Creon 25000 capsule contains less lipase than a Creon 40000 capsule. The higher the strength the larger the capsule size.