Lipasa, Triacylglycerol Lipase.
Lipase is a digestive enzyme that is found in many plants, animals, bacteria, and molds. An enzyme is a protein that speeds up a particular biochemical reaction in the body. People use lipase as a medicine.
How does it work?
Lipase seems to work by breaking down fat into smaller pieces, making digestion easier.
- Digestion problems due to a disorder of the pancreas (pancreatic insufficiency) that is associated with cystic fibrosis.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Allergy to gluten in wheat products (celiac disease).
- Crohn's disease.
- Other conditions.
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The following doses have been studied in scientific research:
- For digestion problems due to a disorder of the pancreas (pancreatic insufficiency) that is associated with cystic fibrosis: A typical dose for adults is 4500 units per kilogram of lipase per day. For children, a typical dose is 5100 units per kilogram per day. Start with a low dose and gradually increase until there is a benefit, but don't take more than the typical dose without checking with your healthcare provider.
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