Digestive Enzyme Replacement Therapy: Pancreatic Enzymes and Lactase

Medsurg Nurs. 2016 May-Jun;25(3):182-5.


Maldigestion occurs when digestive enzymes are lacking to help break complex food components into absorbable nutrients within the gastrointestinal tract. Education is needed to help patients manage the intricacies of digestive enzyme replacement therapies and ensure their effectiveness in reducing symptoms of maldigestion.

MeSH terms

  • Enzyme Replacement Therapy*
  • Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency / drug therapy*
  • Gastrointestinal Agents / pharmacology
  • Gastrointestinal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Lactase / pharmacology
  • Lactase / therapeutic use*
  • Lactose Intolerance / drug therapy*
  • Pancrelipase / pharmacology
  • Pancrelipase / therapeutic use*


  • Gastrointestinal Agents
  • Pancrelipase
  • Lactase