Digestive Enzymes (Oral) (cont.)

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What are the side effects of oral digestive enzymes?

Although rare, some patients can experience life-threatening allergic reactions when taking this medicine. Patients should stop their medication immediately and seek emergency medical help if they have any of the following signs or symptoms.

  • Difficulty breathing or talking
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Chest tightness
  • Rash or hives
  • Itching
  • Red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin
  • Wheezing

Other side effects of digestive enzymes include:

This medication can increase the risk of developing a rare but serious bowel problem called fibrosing colonopathy in which there is localized inflammation and scarring in the colon. Patients are advised to call their doctor right away if they have very bad

Many digestive enzymes are derived from pork and therefore, should not be used by patients who are allergic to pork.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/24/2015

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