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All about: Sacrosidase

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Some commonly used brand names are:

In the U.S.—

  • Sucraid

Category

  • Enzyme replenisher

Description

Sacrosidase (sa-KRO-si-daze) is used to replace the enzyme (called sucrase) that helps the body digest sucrose (sugar). It is used in certain conditions in which the body is not making enough sucrase.

This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage form:

  • Oral
  • Oral solution (U.S.)

Before Using This Medicine

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For sacrosidase, the following should be considered:

Allergies—Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to sacrosidase. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.

Pregnancy—Sacrosidase has not been studied in humans or animals. Discuss with your doctor whether or not you should take it during pregnancy.

Breast-feeding—Sacrosidase is broken down in the stomach, so it does not pass into breast milk.

Other medical problems—The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of sacrosidase. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus—This medicine affects how much sugar is absorbed and broken down by the body, so changes in planning of your diet may be needed

Proper Use of This Medicine

Take sacrosidase with meals or snacks. It is best to take about half of the dose at the beginning of the meal or snack and the rest at the end.

Mix each dose of this medicine in 2 to 4 ounces of milk, water, or infant formula. Do not heat the medicine or mix it in warm or hot beverages, which could cause it to break down and not work as well. Also, do not mix it with fruit juice because the acid in the juice could cause the medicine to break down.

When prescribing this medicine for your condition, your doctor may also prescribe a personal diet for you. Follow carefully the special diet your doctor gives you.

Dosing—The dose of sacrosidase will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of sacrosidase. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of solution you take depends on your weight. The solution can be measured using the special scoop provided or by counting the correct number of drops through the special tip on the container.

  • For oral dosage form (oral solution):
    • To help digest sugar:
      • Adults, teenagers, and children weighing more than 15 kilograms (kg) (33 pounds)—2 milliliters (mL) (44 drops) with each meal or snack.
      • Children weighing up to 15 kg (33 pounds)—1 mL (22 drops) with each meal or snack.

Missed dose—If you miss a dose of this medicine, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage—To store this medicine:

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Store away from heat and direct light.
  • Store in the refrigerator. However, keep the medicine from freezing.
  • Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.

Side Effects of This Medicine

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

The following side effects usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

Less common

Abdominal or stomach pain; constipation; diarrhea; headache; increased thirst; nausea and vomiting; nervousness; trouble in sleeping

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.

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