CREON in action
See CREON's journey from the mouth to the small intestine.
CREON capsules are taken with meals and snacks so they can enter the stomach at the same time as food.
CREON capsules release tiny, coated spheres containing pancreatic enzymes.
CREON spheres dissolve at the starting point of the small intestine, called the duodenum.
In the small intestine, CREON enzymes work to break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates (sugars) in food.
I take 3 CREON capsules with every meal and 2 capsules with every snack. I carry CREON with me everywhere I go. I remember to bring my CREON with me because I know how important it is for managing malabsorption.
- Mark B. EPI patient
Answers to frequently asked questions
CREON is a prescription medicine used to treat EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency), a condition that prevents people from digesting food normally because their pancreas does not make enough enzymes due to cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis (swelling of the pancreas that lasts a long time), pancreatectomy (removal of some or all of the pancreas), or other conditions.
CREON does not cure EPI, but it can help replace the digestive enzymes that your pancreas no longer makes. These enzymes help break down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in food.
Your doctor will prescribe a specific CREON dose based on factors like your body weight and diet. CREON comes in 5 different dosing strengths: 3,000, 6,000, 12,000, 24,000, and 36,000. Don't be alarmed by these high dosing strength numbers. A healthy pancreas actually releases on average 720,000 lipase units during every meal. Your doctor will determine the dosing strength that best fits your needs. The CREON dose your doctor prescribes should always be taken with food. When eating snacks, you typically need half the dose used for meals.
Take CREON exactly as your doctor tells you.
- You should not switch CREON with any other pancreatic enzyme product without first talking to your doctor.
- Do not take more capsules in a day than the number your doctor tells you to take (total daily dose).
- Your doctor may change your dose based on the amount of fatty foods you eat or based on your weight.