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    What is Viokace used for?

    Viokace is used in combination with a proton pump inhibitor medication to treat individuals who cannot digest food properly. The pancreas is an organ in the body that normally produces enzymes to assist you in digesting food. There are certain conditions such as chronic pancreatitis or surgical removal of part of or the whole pancreas that can decrease the production or release of these enzymes into the bowels. Pancrelipase (the active ingredient contained in Viokace) contains a mixture of digestive enzymes (from pig pancreas) to assist in breaking down and disgesting fast, proteins, and starches from food.

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    How to Use Viokace?

    Read and follow the medication guide and patient information leaflets provided by the pharmacy before you start taking Viokace and every time you get this medication refilled. Always make sure you’re closely following the directions on your prescription label and ask your doctor before changing how you take this medication.

    Do not crush, split, or chew the tablets; do not hold them in your mouth. This can irritate your mouth and throat as well as affect how the medication works. Unless instructed otherwise, drink plenty of fluids while taking Viokace. The dose will be based on your diet, weight, medical condition, and response to treatment. Do not take more tablets than prescribed by your doctor; this will not help your condition improve faster and is likely to increase your risk of negative side effects.

    Your doctor will likely prescribe another medication (a proton pump inhibitor like omeprazole or lansoprazole) to decrease your stomach acid. This will help prevent Viokace from breaking down in your stomach which will help it work better. Use Viokace regularly and follow any diet advice from your doctor or nutritionist.

    Viokace Drug Interactions

    Drug interactions with Viokace can affect the way the medications work or increase your risk of experiencing negative side effects. The following drugs interact with Viokace:

    This list of drug interactions with Viokace is not exhaustive. Therefore always make sure your doctor knows about all the medications you take including prescription, non-prescription, and herbal products. This will allow your doctor to circumvent drug interactions. If you have more questions about drug interactions you can speak to a pharmacist for counselling by calling 1-844-416-4282.

    What are side effects of Viokace?

    In addition to the regular effects of Viokace, the active ingredient (pancrelipase) may cause unwanted side effects. Not all of these side effects will occur, but if they do, some may need medical attention.

    Talk with your doctor right away if you experience the following Viokace side effects:


    • Skin rash or hives

    With high doses

    • Bowel blockage
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea
    • Stomach cramps or pain

    With very high doses

    • Blood in the urine
    • Joint pain
    • Swelling of the feet or lower legs

    With powder dosage form or powder from opened capsules

    – if breathed in

    • Stuffy nose
    • Tightness in the chest
    • Trouble breathing

    With tablets

    – if held in the mouth

    • Irritation of the mouth

    Incidence not known

    • Cough
    • Difficulty with swallowing
    • Dizziness
    • Fast heartbeat
    • Itching
    • Noisy breathing
    • Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    • Redness of the skin
    • Severe stomach pain
    • Unusual tiredness or weakness

    There are some Viokace side effects that can occur that will subside as your body adjusts to the medication. These are generally more mild side effects. If you notice these side effects worsening or persisting, talk to your doctor:

    More common

    • Blurred vision
    • Dry mouth
    • Flushed, dry skin
    • Fruit-like breath odor
    • Headache
    • Increased hunger
    • Increased thirst
    • Increased urination
    • Sweating
    • Unexplained weight loss
    • Vomiting

    Less common

    • Abnormal feces
    • Anxiety
    • Bloated feeling
    • Chills
    • Cold sweats
    • Confusion
    • Cool, pale skin
    • Depression
    • Excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
    • Feeling of fullness
    • Fever
    • Frequent bowel movements
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Muscle aches
    • Nightmares
    • Passing gas
    • Runny nose
    • Seizures
    • Shakiness
    • Slurred speech
    • Sore throat

    Incidence not known

    • Difficulty having a bowel movement
    • Difficulty with moving
    • Muscle aching or cramping
    • Muscle pains or stiffness
    • Muscle spasm
    • Swollen joints

    This is not a complete list of side effects of Viokace. If you have any side effects not listed here see your doctor as soon as possible.

    Disclaimer: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. You require your doctor's approval prior to buying or using Prescription Drugs sold here. We do have a pharmacist on staff if your doctor is unavailable to provide medical advice when you buy Viokace online. Do not use the information here to ignore or contradict advice provided by a licensed medical professional. Always seek medical advice if you have any questions or concerns about this medication.