Viokace is in a group of drugs called pancreatic digestive enzymes. Viokace (Lipase/Protease/Amylase) is used with a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) to treat adults who cannot digest food normally, such as those with chronic pancreatitis or those who have had a pancreatectomy. It works by adding a mixture of digestive enzymes (lipase, proteases, and amylases to help digest food. The usual recommended start dose is 10440 unit/ 57100 unit/ 56400 unit.
The brand Viokace is manufactured by Aptalis Pharma and is distributed out of Canada. A generic equivalent is not currently available. Viokace is available in a 10440 unit/ 57100 unit/ 56400 unit and a 20880 unit/ 112500 unit/ 113400 unit dosage.
Get medical help immediately if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking Lipase/Protease/Amylase.
• Difficulty breathing;
• Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat
Stop taking Viokace and call your doctor at once if you have one of these serious side effects:
• Irritation inside your mouth;
• Increased blood uric acid levels;
o Worsening of swollen, painful joints
Less serious side effects of Lipase/Protease/Amylase may include gallbladder stones, stomach and intestinal upset, anal itching.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
Viokace should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Talk to your doctor about your medical history to be sure you can safely take Viokace. Particularly if you have a history of pork allergies, blockage in your intestines, scarring or thickening of your bowel wall, gout, kidney disease, high blood uric acid, trouble swallowing tablets, lactose intolerance, pregnant or nursing. It is not known if Viokace will harm an unborn or nursing baby. Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of using it while pregnant or nursing. There may be an interaction between Viokace and other medications such as albuterol rescue inhalers, multivitamins, klonopin, B-12, probiotics, Tylenol, and more. If you are taking any of these medications, speak to your doctor.