Oral Digestive Enzymes
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
What are oral digestive enzymes?
Oral digestive enzymes are complex proteins naturally produced by the body to help digest and breakdown the foods we eat. The pancreas is the organ responsible for making and secreting digestive enzymes. Oral digestive enzymes are used when the pancreas is unable to produce enough digestive enzymes.
The main digestive enzymes are
These digestive enzymes are available in pancreatic enzyme products (PEPs).
What diseases and conditions are treated with oral digestive enzymes (PEPs)?
PEPs are used in people with pancreatic diseases such as
Additionally, PEPs may be used in gastrointestinal disorders such as
Are oral digestive enzymes available by prescription and over-the-counter (OTC)?
Digestive enzymes are available over-the-counter (OTC) or by prescription.
A person should speak to their doctor or pharmacist if he/she is interested in starting an OTC regimen.
Prescription digestive enzymes come in various formulations and may contain different amounts of individual digestive enzymes. Therefore, prescription digestive enzymes are not clinically interchangeable and are not considered bioequivalent by the FDA.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/24/2015
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