Frequently Asked Questions - pancreatic enzymes

They are both pancreatic extracts of animal active origin, made by different manufacturers, and are roughly equal in effectiveness.  They come in several strengths and each include lipase, amylase and protease (enzymes that break down fats, carbohydrates and protein). They help the digestion (and thereby) of fats, carbohydrates  and protein. They help people with conditions in which they have a deficiency of pancreatic secretions of these digestive enzymes, including: partial pancreatectomy surgery, post gastrectomy bypass surgery, chronic pancreatitis, cystic fibrosis, short bowel syndrome, various diarrheal diseases with rapid intestinal transit (carcinoid syndrome) and suppression of pancreatic function which often occurs as a side effect of Sandostatin treatment.