For patients with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) due to cystic
fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, pancreatectomy, or other conditions
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Absorption to the Table1
Getting started with
36K capsules can be an appropriate strength for
CREON 36,000 may not be appropriate for all patients. CREON is available in 3,000,
6,000, 12,000, and 24,000 lipase unit capsules.1
Capsules shown are not actual size and do not represent exact color shade. For illustrative purposes only. The active ingredient in CREON evaluated in clinical trials is lipase.
Example per-meal starting dose for a patient who weighs ≥160 lb to 315 lb.1
Patient Support Programs
Eligible CREON patients pay as little as $5 (or less) per month for their CREON prescription.*
*Eligibility: Available to patients with commercial prescription insurance coverage for CREON who meet eligibility criteria. Co-pay assistance program is not available to patients receiving prescription reimbursement under any federal, state, or government-funded insurance programs (for example, Medicare [including Part D], Medicare Advantage, Medigap, Medicaid, TRICARE, Department of Defense, or Veterans Affairs programs) or where prohibited by law or by the patient’s health insurance provider. If at any time a patient begins receiving prescription drug coverage under any such federal, state, or government-funded healthcare program, patient will no longer be able to use the Co-Pay card and patient must call 1-855-CARE4WD (227-3493) if enrolled in CFCareForward or 1-844-ONCREON (662-7366) if enrolled in CREON On Course to stop participation. Patients residing in or receiving treatment in certain states may not be eligible. Patients may not seek reimbursement for value received from the CFCareForward or CREON On Course from any third-party payers. Offer subject to change or discontinuance without notice. Restrictions, including monthly maximums, may apply. This is not health insurance.
Starting Your Patients on CREON
Dr. Mehdizadeh offers helpful tips for gettingpatients off to a good start on CREON therapy. Video Transcript
Narrator: Dr. Mehdizadeh
I’m Dr. Shahab Mehdizadeh and I’m board certified in gastroenterology, internal medicine, and in nutrition.
I consider a few key things when I’m putting together a treatment plan for a patient with EPI due to chronic pancreatitis, pancreatectomy, or other conditions.
First, it typically includes pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy.
Second, I will talk about diet and discuss if dietary modifications may be needed.
Third, I also will recommend lifestyle modifications. I emphasize the importance of abstinence from smoking and alcohol as these can further damage the pancreas.
It is really important to educate patients when starting any therapy.
I think it is key for my patients to understand why I’m prescribing enzymes to them.
Taking CREON, which is a pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, with meals and snacks...can help improve the digestion of fat, proteins, and sugars from food.
Exercise caution when administrating pancrelipase to a patient with a known allergy to proteins of porcine origin.
I want to make sure the dose I prescribe is working for them, so I explain that the CREON dose that I’m prescribing is a starting point. I ask my patients to track their diet and how they are feeling and emphasize to them the importance of this information.
When taking Creon, it’s important to follow the dosing instructions provided by your healthcare professional.
I will use this information to see if any adjustments are needed to their CREON starting dose when they return for a follow-up visit.
A diet journal can really be helpful for getting patients to think about what they’re eating.
I remind my patients that CREON should be taken with every meal and snack.
I tell my patients who are newly starting out to just put the capsules right there on the side of their plate so they don’t forget.
I’ll also tell them to set reminders on their phone, anything that will help them get in the habit.
It is important not to crush or chew CREON capsules or its contents and not to hold capsules in their mouth.
Crushing, chewing, or holding the CREON capsules in the mouth may cause irritation in the mouth.
I encourage my eligible patients to enroll in one of the patient support programs offered on CREON.com.
For patients with EPI due to cystic fibrosis, CREON offers the CFCareForward program, and for patients with EPI due to other conditions including chronic pancreatitis and pancreatectomy, there is the CREON On Course program.
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