Generic Name: Ensure® Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Know the basics

What is Ensure® used for?

Ensure® provides concentrated calories and protein to help patients gain or maintain the healthy weight. Ensure® can benefit patients who have malnutrition, are at nutritional risk or are experiencing involuntary weight loss.

How should I take Ensure®?

Ensure® Powder:

  • To prepare a 236,5ml drink pour 3/4 cup cold water into glass;
  • Gradually stir in 1/2 cup Ensure® Original Powder and mix until dissolved;
  • For flavor variety, you may add 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, etc.

Ensure® Liquid:

  • Tastes best when chilled;
  • If it is too sweet, add a dash of salt;
  • Try serving it over crushed ice, or dilute it with whole milk.

How do I store Ensure®?

Ensure® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Ensure® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Ensure® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Ensure® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Ensure®?

  • Not for people with galactosemia;
  • Do not re-warm with microwave.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Know the side effects

What side effects can occur from Ensure®?

No undesired effects have been reported. In any case, the onset of any undesired effects, you should be promptly reported to your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with Ensure®?

Ensure® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Ensure®?

Ensure® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Ensure®?

Ensure® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Ensure®.

What is the dose of Ensure® for an adult?

  • 2-3 servings a day depend on each the nutrition need of an individual.
  • 1-2 bottles a day depend on each the nutrition need of an individual.

What is the dose of Ensure® for a child?

This product is more likely to use for an adult.

How is Ensure® available?

Ensure® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Powder;
  • Liquid.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Ensure®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: September 20, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017