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Viokace Dosage

Available as a tablet, Viokace is taken with each meal and snack. Your exact dosage of Viokace will be based on your weight, your diet, and how you respond to the medication, among other factors. Because Viokace does not contain a special coating to protect it from stomach acid, it must be taken with a certain type of acid-reducing medicine.

An Introduction to Dosing With Viokace

The dose of Viokace® (pancrelipase) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on the following factors:
 
  • Your weight
  • You diet (especially how much fat you eat)
  • How you respond to the medication.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
It should be noted that pancrelipase products, including Viokace, are typically dosed based on lipase content (although they contain lipases, amylases, and proteases). 
 

What Is the Recommended Viokace Dosage?

The standard adult dosage for Viokace varies, depending on the severity of pancreatic enzyme deficiency symptoms, weight, and previous response to similar medications. A reasonable starting dose is 500 units (based on lipase content) per kg of body weight, per meal (about 227 units of lipase per lb per meal). Your healthcare provider can increase your dose as needed. Typically, half the normal mealtime amount is used for snacks.
 
Unlike other pancrelipase products, Viokace does not have a special coating to protect it from stomach acid. Instead, it must be taken with a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) type of acid-reducing medication. Examples of proton pump inhibitors include:
   
It is not necessary that the Viokace tablets and the PPI be taken at the same time of day. Typically, PPIs are taken just once a day.
 

Viokace Medication Information

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