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Chronic Abdominal Bloating and Pain

Digestive Health | Last Active: Dec 17, 2021 | Replies (98)

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@pamherman

See a Gastro Dr about possible endocrine pancreatic insufficiency or EPI. They have pills which act as enzymes to digest food. If so, Zenpep is easiest on your stomach. With CREON I had horrible stomach swelling , diarrhea and vomiting. Worth a shot to ask.

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I’ve been on Zenpep for 2 weeks now…so far the only reactions I have had is itchiness after taking it, which is aggravating but not enough to cause me to stop taking it.
I have found that I do experience discomfort if I consume pork as in a pork roast, however we don’t consume a lot of pork in our diet so it’s just something that I know to typically avoid.and yes I know Zenpep is derived from swine, but I don’t really know if that’s just my body or if that is a common issue. Either way, Zenpep is still the only solution that has worked for my EPI.

When Jim first went on creon post Whipple surgery in 2018, it was $40 at Kmart for the prescription. When I went back for a refill the cost was in the hundreds. By the end of his "tour" with cancer and creon, we were in Medicare's catastrophic category for medications. It was a fortune. After Jim died I had three unopened bottles and researched what to do with them and found a website through the government in Wyoming which would accept unused and unopened medications. I think the 3 bottles were about $8000 worth of pills. I did get a nice acknowledgment letter from the department. I did call ahead to assure it was a legitimate program. Shame you had that expensive medication and it gave you grief and not support.

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