Where is Sacrosidase used?

Sacrosidase is a prescription used in congenital sucrose-isomaltase deficiency (CSID). This is used to replace the sucrose enzyme in your body that helps to digest and absorb sucrose or sugar. Sucrose helps the body processes and breakdown certain sugars during digestion. In people who lack the sucrase enzyme, sugar can pass into the intestines where it can interact with bacteria. Sacrosidase is a product approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How does Sacrosidase work?

Sacrosidase helps improve the breakdown and absorption of sucrose from the intestine. This also helps relieve the gastrointestinal symptoms of CSID. Sacrosidase does not break down some sugars resulting from the digestion of starch. Therefore, you may need to restrict the amount of starch in your diet. Your doctor will tell you if you should restrict the amount of starch in your diet. 

This drug is a replacement remedy for the treatment of the genetically determined sucrase deficiency that is part of CSID. Sucrase is certainly made in the brush boundary of the small intestine. Primarily, it is the distal jejunum and duodenum. Sucrase hydrolyzes the disaccharide sucrose into its component monosaccharides, fructose, and glucose. Isomaltase breaks down disaccharides from starch into simple sugars. Sacrosidase does not contain isomaltase.  

How is Sacrosidase taken?

Sacrosidase is usually taken with each meal. It is best to take one half of the dose when you start eating. During your meal or snack, you may take the other half. 

Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Measure your dose using the scoop provided with Sacrosidase. Rinse the scoop after each use and allow it to dry thoroughly. Sacrosidase liquid should be mixed with 2 to 4 ounces of milk or water. Do not mix with warm liquids or the medication will not be as effective. Do not as well mix Sacrosidase with drink fruit juice or fruit juice when taking the medication. 

What are the precautions in taking Sacrosidase?

  • You may need to avoid eating a lot of starch. It is mainly found in potatoes, rice, pasta, corn, and bread. Follow your doctor’s instructions about any special diet while you are taking this medicine. 
  • Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your circumstances.
  • Let your doctor know if you ever had an allergic reaction to this medication. Tell also if you have any allergies. This product may contain an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction. 
  • To make sure Sacrosidase is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have diabetes. Sacrosidase changes the way your body absorbs sugar and your glucose levels may change. Your doctor will tell you if any of your medication doses need to be changed.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding while taking Sacrosidase.
  • If you are pregnant, consult your doctor first before taking this drug. It is not known yet whether Sacrosidase will harm an unborn baby.