Doctor Discussion Guide

Communication with your doctor is key

Talking to your doctor about your symptoms especially when it involves things like diarrhea, gassiness, and oily, smelly stools might seem embarrassing. But your doctor needs to know this information in order to help you.

Talk with your doctor about CREON® (pancrelipase) and see if it’s right for you.

This is why you need to have open communication with your doctor about the symptoms you’re experiencing and your medical history, as well as the medications you’re taking including vitamins and supplements.

Using a tool like the discussion guide to write things down can help you remember what you want to discuss with your doctor.

It’s easy. Just download the discussion guide, fill it out, and share it with your doctor at your next visit.

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Discussion Guide

Your doctor needs to ask you questions about what you’re experiencing but the conversation should go both ways! Asking your doctor questions and opening up will get you the answers you need.

Some questions you
might want to ask include:

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Uses and Important Safety Information


CREON is a prescription medicine used to treat people who cannot digest food normally because their pancreas does not make enough enzymes due to cystic fibrosis, swelling of the pancreas that lasts a long time (chronic pancreatitis), removal of some or all of the pancreas (pancreatectomy), or other conditions.

Important Safety Information

  • CREON may increase your chance of having a rare bowel disorder called fibrosing colonopathy. The risk of having this condition may be reduced by following the dosing instructions that your doctor gave you.
  • Do not crush or chew CREON capsules or its contents, and do not hold the capsule or capsule contents in your mouth. Crushing, chewing, or holding the CREON capsules in your mouth may cause irritation in your mouth. Talk to your doctor or consult the CREON Medication Guide for how to take CREON if you have trouble swallowing capsules. Always take CREON with a meal or snack and enough liquid to swallow CREON completely. Take CREON exactly as your doctor tells you.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you have unusual or severe: stomach (abdominal) pain, bloating, trouble passing stool, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, worsening of painful, swollen joints (gout), or allergic reactions including trouble with breathing, skin rashes, or swollen lips.
  • The most common side effects include: increased (hyperglycemia) or decreased (hypoglycemia) blood sugars, pain in your stomach area (abdominal area), frequent or abnormal bowel movements, gas, vomiting, dizziness, or sore throat and cough.
  • CREON and other pancreatic enzyme products are made from the pancreas of pigs, the same pigs people eat as pork. These pigs may carry viruses. Although it has never been reported, it may be possible for a person to get a viral infection from taking pancreatic enzyme products that come from pigs.

Refer to the CREON Medication Guide and Full Prescribing Information every time you refill your prescription because information may change. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any symptom or side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

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

If you cannot afford your medication, contact

Reference: 1. CREON [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc.

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  2. CREON [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc.

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