How does Secretin work?

Secretin is a hormone that is produced by the digestive tract. Its primary action is to stimulate release of bicarbonate and water from the pancreas to aid digestion.

Are there safety concerns?

Secretin is available as a prescription product that is used intravenously. These products are safe when used appropriately. It's not known if other secretin products are safe. Common side effects of secretin include flushing of the face, neck, and chest immediately after a dose. Less common potential adverse effects are vomiting, diarrhea, fainting, blood clot, fever, and rapid heartbeat. Some people can have allergic reactions including hives, redness of the skin, and life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

Do not take secretin if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Dosing considerations for Secretin.

The appropriate dose of secretin depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for secretin. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.