On how well the digestion works, health depends directly. No wonder they say that a person is what he eats. In fact, upon closer examination, all food consists of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, which, when broken down, are converted into elements necessary for energy. And if, at the stage of such splitting, a discord suddenly happens, a person’s well-being deteriorates dramatically.
To normalize digestion, doctors often prescribe enzyme-containing drugs, which include Creon and Pancreatin. Many believe that this is the same medicine, but their price is seriously different. In this article, you will learn exactly what these drugs are and how they differ from each other.
Budget and efficient
Pancreatin belongs to inexpensive drugs - its price ranges from 25 to 60 rubles. per pack. That price indicator is one of the most attractive factors in favor of Pancreatin. Everyone is familiar with this situation, when at the festive table you don’t have time to try all the dishes put up for the guests ’judgment, and the stomach is already full, even breathing is difficult. Many for such cases keep Mezim or Festal on hand, but not everyone knows that Pancreatin has a similar effect, and yet it is much cheaper.
Pancreatin is intended to replenish the amount of enzymes necessary for food digestion under conditions of their deficiency, either because of a pancreatic disease or in cases of overeating. Of course, the enzymes that make up the drug are not synthesized artificially. They are taken from organisms of animals that are closest to humans in DNA structure - pigs and cattle.
Pancreatin is a complex of digestive enzymes. Initially, it looks like a gray or yellow powder, insoluble in water, with a specific odor. In the sale of Pancreatin comes in pill form.
The task of the enzymes is to obtain fatty acids and glycerin from the fats contained in food, amino acids from proteins, and monosaccharides and dextrins from carbohydrates. Thus, the digestive process is normalized.
Indications for use Pancreatin:
- digestive disorders (for example, when consuming unusual foods, in case of errors in the diet);
- pancreatic diseases (pancreatitis, flatulence, cystic fibrosis);
- chronic diseases of the gallbladder and liver;
- intestinal infections.
Pancreatin has its own contraindications. Thus, in the stage of acute diseases (as well as exacerbations of chronic diseases) of the digestive tract organs, it is prohibited to take it. In addition, Pancreatin is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to the drug. It must be remembered that Pancreatin is a drug of animal origin, so if the patient does not tolerate pork, the drug will not work for him.
- allergic reactions (especially in children with cystic fibrosis).
If the drug is prescribed for long-term use, it should be remembered that it reduces the absorption of iron. As a rule, Pancreatin in the case of appointment for a long period is taken in combination with iron preparations.
Illustrate the effectiveness of the drug Pancreatin can reviews consumers.
Svetlana: Like many others, I love to eat tasty. Especially at a party, when there is so much interesting on the table that the eyes run. But if you do not limit yourself to food, then, firstly, in the end, you will be full of food and you will feel bad, and secondly, hello, those extra pounds. I always have Pancreatin in my purse for such cases. It helps to cope with a large amount of food and digest everything, which means you will not get so fat. Surely everyone saw on television advertising Mezim. Pancreatin is the same enzymes, only this medicine is not so untwisted, and it is produced in Russia. Therefore, it is known less. So it turns out that the action is the same, and the price is several times cheaper.
Olga: My son found an E. coli, and the doctor prescribed us 2 medications - Lactobacterin and Pancreatin. Pancreatin helps to improve the digestion, but most of all I was pleased with the price - 60 tablets cost less than 30 rubles. I recovered quickly. Then I learned that Pancreatin is recommended to people who have a sedentary lifestyle. My husband is a programmer, he spends almost all his time on the computer, and constantly complains about problems with the intestines - now constipation, now gases. She offered him to drink Pancreatin, and in a couple of weeks everything was fine.
Natasha: Recently poisoned, even I do not know what. The state was - you will not envy, the stomach twisted, terribly sick, headache, bunnies before your eyes. Asked her husband to go to the pharmacy for something, he brought Pancreatin. I drank two pills at once, and within half an hour I began to slowly let go. It turns out that this drug contains enzymes extracted from the body of pigs and cows, so they are well absorbed by man.
For those who care about their health
Among the enzyme preparations to improve digestion is CREON. This tool is produced in the form of microcapsules with a soluble shell, so its effect does not begin immediately after entering the stomach, but directly in the small intestine, when nutrients are absorbed. Inside each microcapsule is pork pancreatin, that is, an enzyme complex that helps the breakdown of proteins, fats and carbohydrates to the necessary "building material" for the cells of the human body.
Indications for use:
- chronic pancreatitis;
- after gastrectomy and pancreathectomy;
- cystic fibrosis;
- other diseases of the pancreas (including cancer).
Creon is taken with meals. It is advisable to drink the capsules with some neutral liquid (boiled or mineral water), it is possible with vegetable juices. It happens that the patient cannot swallow the capsule entirely - in this case, it can be opened and mixed with yogurt or kefir, after which the mixture can be immediately drunk, it cannot be stored.
It is important to remember that in the case of the appointment of Creon, you need to drink plenty of water, not less than 1.5 liters per day. Otherwise constipation is possible.
Capsules Kreona are available with different content of active substance: 10, 25 or 40 thousand per capsule. Depending on the disease, its course, age and individual characteristics of the patient, the doctor calculates the required dose of the drug.
Side effects from Creon are extremely rare, and yet - sometimes allergic reactions are possible, as well as stomach pain and stool disorders.
- hypersensitivity to the drug;
- pancreatitis in acute form;
- pancreatitis with hyperfunction of the pancreas.
Creon can be stored in the first-aid kit, while taking care that it does not fall into direct sunlight. And, of course, you need to protect it from children.
Creon is prescribed for children, it can be taken during pregnancy and lactation, since there are no negative effects.
Drug cost Creon (reviews consumers can read about it below) ranges from 300 to 600 rubles. per pack.
Nina: My little girl was not even a little old when we found some pathogenic microbes in our intestines. Were treated with antibiotics, after which digestion went wrong altogether. Pediatrician appointed Creon. My impressions, to be honest, are not very good. First of all, it is very expensive - 20 capsules cost almost 500 rubles. Secondly, due to the fact that each capsule contains an “adult” dose, we had to open each capsule, divide the substance contained therein into three portions and take it like this. Yes, it helped, but it seems to me that it would be possible to treat the baby in an easier way.
Maria: We had dysbacteriosis. It so happened that the son from birth was breastfed, and in fact the artificial mixture does not contain those substances that are contained in breast milk and increase immunity. The pediatrician prescribed 10,000 Acipol and Creon for us. I liked the drug, the treatment was quick and easy. The dosage we had 8 micro granules at a time, for this I opened the capsule, counted the pellets and added them to the mixture. In my opinion, this is the best medicine for children with digestive disorders.
Creon and Pancreatin: what is the difference?
So, in its chemical composition, it is practically the same substance - a complex of enzymes based on extracts from the pancreas of pigs or cows. Consider their differences.
- Release form. The action of Creon is slowed down, but stronger and more directional, since it is produced in capsules. Their shell can withstand the effects of gastric juice, and the active substance begins to be absorbed directly in the small intestine. Pancreatin is a pill, the shell of which begins to break down in the stomach.
- Price. Perhaps this is the main factor that consumers are guided by. Pancreatin is much cheaper than Creon.
- The content of the active substance and its dosage. Both of them contain a complex of enzymes. The difference is that in different pancreatin tablets may contain different amounts of the active substance. In Kreone dosage is strictly defined.
And yet - Pancreatin or Creon? What is best for the patient, only a doctor can determine. Note that in more severe diseases, Creon is better suited, since it strictly defines the number of enzymes, its effect is more effective.