SBZ is a pancreatic enzyme supplement created with a mixture of enzymes. It is given to patients whose pancreas is not able to create enough of their own enzymes to digest the food. It is also given to treat digestion problems caused in patients whose pancreas have been surgically removed or are not working well.
How should I take SBZ?
Take the capsule with food and swallow it as a whole. Drink plenty of fluids after taking the medicine. It is very essential to increase your fluid intake while taking SBZ. In case you have trouble swallowing capsules, you can take out the granules from the capsules and mix them with fruit juices or yogurt and swallow it. Just be careful not to crush the granules.
Is it safe to take SBZ?
SBZ is usually safe in patients who have been prescribed to take it for digestion issues caused due to the problem of the pancreas. However, it may cause reactions in people who are allergic to pig products. Additionally, the use of SBZ can cause an increase in blood uric acid levels, thereby worsening your gout and causing painful swollen joints. SBZ may also cause allergic reactions like skin rashes, swollen lips, increased flatulence, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, etc. Consult your doctor before you start taking this medicine and give a proper history of allergies and the medicines you are currently taking.
What food should I eat if I have pancreatic enzyme insufficiency?
You should try to take five small meals to make it easier for your pancreas to digest what you eat. Take a well-balanced, low-fat diet and strictly limit the foods which contain a high amount of saturated and trans fats. Your diet should preferably contain whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fat-free meat/poultry, beans, and low-fat dairy sources. Drink plenty of fluids and water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Ask your doctor if you can take regular vitamins like A, D, E, and K, as it will be beneficial for you. You can have limited amounts of healthy polyunsaturated fat. Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol strictly because this can damage your pancreas.
Can SBZ be given in children?
Yes, SBZ can be given to children. Just like adults, even children need to be given a sufficient amount of fluids while on treatment with SBZ. When giving it to infants aged 12 months or less, you can open the capsule and empty the contents directly into the infant’s mouth. Following this, you can feed breast milk or infant milk formula to your baby. However, do not mix the medicine directly into the formula or breast milk. Also, be cautious to see that the baby swallows the entire medicine and nothing is retained in the baby’s mouth, as it can cause irritation in the mouth.