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


What is Pancrelase® (cellulose) used for?

Pancrelase® is commonly used to improve digestion or as a digestive aid.

Pancrelase® may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should I take Pancrelase® (cellulose)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label.

Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take Pancrelase® by mouth with food, do not chew or break it, swallow the whole tablet

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use this medication.

How do I store Pancrelase® (cellulose)?

Pancrelase® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Pancrelase® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Pancrelase® 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 Pancrelase® 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.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Pancrelase® (cellulose)?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Pancrelase® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

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.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Pancrelase® (cellulose)?

Pancrelase® may cause following side effects, such as:

Seek medical attention right away if any of severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue) occur.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Pancrelase® (cellulose)?

Pancrelase® 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.

Product that may interact with this drug is Acarbose (Precose, Prandase).

Does food or alcohol interact with Pancrelase® (cellulose)?

Pancrelase® 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 Pancrelase® (cellulose)?

Pancrelase® 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.

Especially if you have:

  • Crohn disease
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • Bowel obstruction (associated with cystic fibrosis)
  • Glaucoma or prostatic hypertrophy
  • Inflammation of the pancreas


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

What is the dose of Pancrelase® (cellulose) for an adult?

The recommended dose is 1 tablet x 2 times a day.

Your doctor may have prescribed a different dose.

What is the dose of Pancrelase® (cellulose) for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Pancrelase® (cellulose) available?

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

  • Pancrelase® tablet Pancreatine100mg, Cellulase 100mg

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

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

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Pancrelase®, 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: July 6, 2017 | Last Modified: July 6, 2017

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