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Viokase-V Tablets Rx

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Viokase-V is a tablet for cats and dogs that contains pancreatic enzymes. It is intended to treat maldigestion syndrome or pancreatic insufficiency.

What is Viokase-V Tablets?

Viokase-V (pancreatic enzymes) is used to improve food digestion in dogs and cats who cannot digest food properly due to pancreatic insufficiency associated with Cystic Fibrosis, pancreatitis, post-gastrectomy, post-cholecystectomy, post-pancreatectomy or maldigestion syndrome.

Who is Viokase-V Tablets for?

Viokase-V is intended for cat and dog use only.

Why use Viokase-V Tablets?

Viokase-V is:
  • An aid in the absorption and digestion of carbohydrates, proteins and fats
  • Used to treat maldigestion syndrome or pancreatic insufficiency
  • Administered via food
  • An effective therapy for dogs to replace enzymes

How does Viokase-V Tablets work?

Administering this medication in large does may lead to distress in the GI, such as nausea, cramping, an diarrhea. The use of pancreatic enzymes in concentration can lead to esophageal or oral ulcers. Always provided water and food after administering this medication. Bleeding of the mouth was reported with pancrelipase in dogs (Rutz et al. 2002). This can be avoided by reducing dosage and adding water to the mix of powder and food.

Manufacturer:

Boehringer Ingelheim

Active ingredient(s):

VIOKASE-V is activated whole raw pancreas; a pancreatic enzyme concentrate of porcine origin containing standardized amylase, protease and lipase activities plus esterases, peptidases, nucleases and elastase.

How is Viokase-V Tablets sold?

VIOKASE-V Tablets 425 mg each in bottles of 100 and 500

What are the side effects of Viokase-V Tablets?

High doses may cause GI distress (diarrhea, cramping, nausea). Concentrated pancreatic enzymes can cause oral or esophageal ulcers; follow dosing with food or water. Oral bleeding has been reported in dogs after receiving pancrelipase (Rutz et al. 2002) . Dose reduction and moistening the food pancreatic/powder mix may also decrease the incidence of this adverse effect.

What special precautions are there?

If your pet develops a sensitivity to this medication, discontinue use immediately.

What to do if overdose?

Contact your closest emergency pet hospital.

How can I store Viokase-V Tablets?

Store in a dry and cool environment.

Helpful Tips:

Viokase is shown to be effective in the treatment of digestion issues, disorders of the pancreas that are chronic, and in acute pancreatic disorders. For animals with pancreatitis that is chronic, this medication must be administered for their entire life.

Pharmacists are standing by to offer Pet Parent counseling regarding prescription medication purchased from Allivet before and after dispensing. Pharmacists on duty are available Monday-Friday, 9:30AM - 5:30PM EST and will be on call Saturday 12:00PM - 4:00PM EST for consultation.

Overview

The VIOKASE-V tablets are administered before each meal. VIOKASE-V powder is added to moistened dog food (canned or dry). Thorough mixing is necessary to bring the enzymes into close contact with the food particles. Incubation at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before feeding appears to enhance the digestive process. Frequent feeding, at least 3 times daily, is important. 

 

Dogs: 2-3 tablets or 3/4-1 teaspoonful (2.8 g/teaspoonful) with each meal.

Cats: 1/2-1 tablet or 1/4-3/4 teaspoonful (2.8 g/teaspoonful) with each meal.

 

NOTE: No one regimen will be successful for every patient. The above dosage should be adjusted according to the severity of the pancreatic exocrine deficiency and weight of the animal. In cases of chronic insufficiency, the dosage should be increased until desired results are obtained.

Each tablet contains sufficient pancreatic enzymes to digest (in vitro): 33 g fat, 57 g protein, 64 g starch.

Each 2.8 grams (1 teaspoonful) contains sufficient pancreatic enzymes to digest (in vitro): 260 g fat, 388 g protein, 460 g starch.

Main Ingredients

Lipase USP.............8,000

Protase, USP...,.... 30,000

Amaylase, USP......30,000

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