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Dr. Shahab Mehdizadeh: Helpful tips for newly diagnosed patients

Dr. Mehdizadeh shares helpful tips he gives to newly diagnosed patients.

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Dr. Mehdizadeh:

I’m Dr. Shahab Mehdizadeh. Since I’m a gastroenterologist, many of the patients that I diagnose with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency have this condition due to chronic pancreatitis, pancreatectomy, or other conditions.

When I diagnose a patient, I tell them that the good news is that we finally have an answer to what has been causing your GI issues and now we can work together to help manage this condition.

I let them know that we are going to partner to put together an individualized treatment plan that works for them.

I also want them to feel comfortable asking questions, talking to me about their symptoms and their diet.

I emphasize the importance of abstinence from smoking and alcohol, as these can further damage the pancreas.

Taking CREON, pancrelipase, which is a pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, with meals and snacks can help improve the digestion of fats, proteins, and sugars from the food.

I explain that the CREON dose that I’m prescribing is a starting point.

I want to make sure the dose I prescribe is working for them, so I ask them to keep track of how they are feeling and then return to see me in about 2 weeks.

At that point, we talk about how things are going and if any adjustments to their enzyme dose are needed. I remind my patients that CREON should be taken with food that they’re eating at every meal and snack, and to be sure to drink enough water to swallow the capsule completely.

I also remind them that 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.

Uses

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, chronic pancreatitis (which is the swelling of the pancreas that lasts a long time), pancreatectomy (which is the removal of some or all of the pancreas), 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 or 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 or decreased blood sugars, pain in your stomach 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 does not go away.

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

If you cannot afford your medication, contact www.pparx.org.

Please see the full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide, provided on this website and discuss it with your doctor.

Video Transcript

Dr. Mehdizadeh:

I’m Dr. Shahab Mehdizadeh. Since I’m a gastroenterologist, many of the patients that I diagnose with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency have this condition due to chronic pancreatitis, pancreatectomy, or other conditions.

When I diagnose a patient, I tell them that the good news is that we finally have an answer to what has been causing your GI issues and now we can work together to help manage this condition.

I let them know that we are going to partner to put together an individualized treatment plan that works for them.

I also want them to feel comfortable asking questions, talking to me about their symptoms and their diet.

I emphasize the importance of abstinence from smoking and alcohol, as these can further damage the pancreas.

Taking CREON, pancrelipase, which is a pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy, with meals and snacks can help improve the digestion of fats, proteins, and sugars from the food.

I explain that the CREON dose that I’m prescribing is a starting point.

I want to make sure the dose I prescribe is working for them, so I ask them to keep track of how they are feeling and then return to see me in about 2 weeks.

At that point, we talk about how things are going and if any adjustments to their enzyme dose are needed. I remind my patients that CREON should be taken with food that they’re eating at every meal and snack, and to be sure to drink enough water to swallow the capsule completely.

I also remind them that 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.

Uses

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, chronic pancreatitis (which is the swelling of the pancreas that lasts a long time), pancreatectomy (which is the removal of some or all of the pancreas), 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 or 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 or decreased blood sugars, pain in your stomach 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 does not go away.

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

If you cannot afford your medication, contact www.pparx.org.

Please see the full Prescribing Information, including Medication Guide, provided on this website and discuss it with your doctor.

Uses and Important Safety Information

Uses1

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 www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

If you cannot afford your medication, contact www.pparx.org.

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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