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Last updated on 02/08/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Pancreatin

ALTERNATIVE NAME: Pancreatic enzyme, Pancreases, Pancrelipase



DRUG CLASS: Supplements

SUB CLASS: Enzymes

USED FOR: Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS: 150mg, 400mg (capsules)

What is Pancreatin for?

Pancreatin are enzymes found in the pancreas that help the digestion of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Pancreatin is used to replenish digestive enzymes in people who are unable to digest food properly, such as those with cystic fibrosis and pancreatitis, who are unable to secrete enough pancreatic enzymes on their own.

How to use it?

Pancreatin is available in oral capsules which should be taken with food. For pancreatic insufficiency, take 1-2 capsules daily. If you have difficulty swallowing, you may mix (without crushing) the contents of the capsule with water, acidic fruit juices (such as apple or orange juices) or soft food (such as apple sauce or yoghurt).

What are the side effects of Pancreatin?

Common side effects of Pancreatin include nausea, vomiting, constipation and flatulence.

Who should not take Pancreatin?

– People allergic to Pancreatin or any component of the formulation
Pregnant or breastfeeding women

Pharmacist Tips:

– Do not hold Pancreatin in your mouth as this may cause irritation.
– Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Silymarin, especially if you have pancreatic insufficiency.
– Taking an excessive dose of Pancreatin may cause irritation around the anal area.

Common dosing schedule:
Take 1-2 capsules daily with food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Pancreatin may interact with:
Folic Acid

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Pancreatin in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Pancreatin is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Pancreatin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.