Lipase - What is it & How to use

Lipase seems to work by breaking down fat into smaller pieces, making digestion easier.

Effectiveness

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.

The effectiveness ratings for LIPASE are as follows:

Effective for…

  • Digestion problems due to a disorder of the pancreas (pancreatic insufficiency) that is associated with cystic fibrosis.

Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for…

  • Allergy to gluten in wheat products (celiac disease).
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • Indigestion.
  • Heartburn.
  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lipase for these uses.

Dose

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:

  • For digestion problems due to a disorder of the pancreas (pancreatic insufficiency) that is associated with cystic fibrosis: A typical dose for adults is 4500 units per kilogram of lipase per day. For children, a typical dose is 5100 units per kilogram per day. Start with a low dose and gradually increase until there is a benefit, but don’t take more than the typical dose without checking with your healthcare provider.

Safety Concerns

Lipase seems to be safe for most people. It can cause some side effects such as nausea, cramping, and diarrhea.

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of lipase during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Cystic fibrosis: High doses of lipase seem to make some of the symptoms of cystic fibrosis worse.

Interaction with medication

It is not known if this product interacts with any medicines.

Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.