Sucraid is an enzyme replacement medication used to treat a genetic condition called congenital sucrose-isomaltase deficiency (CSID) where your body lacks the enzymes needed to break down and absorb table sugar (sucrose) and other sugars from starch. Sucraid can help breakdown and help your body absorb sugar from the intestine and relieve symptoms of CSID (like mild to severe watery diarrhea or abdominal pain). Sucraid does not break down some sugars from eating starch (like rice, potatoes, corn, pasta, and bread) so the amount of starch eaten must be limited. The doctor may give you a special diet while on this medicine.
How to take Sucraid
To get the full benefits of this medicine, take it exactly the way the doctor tells you. Do not take more, or for a longer time, than what is prescribed. Follow the directions on the label.
This medicine is usually taken with each meal or snack. It is best to take half of the dose when you start eating and the other half during the meal or snack.
Measure the dose using the scoop provided. Replace the cap after each use. Rinse the scoop after each use and let it dry.
Write down the date when the medicine was opened on the label. Throw the medicine away after 4 weeks because it contains no preservatives.
Mix the dose in 2 to 4 ounces of water, milk, or infant formula. Do not take with fruit juice.
NEVER HEAT THIS MEDICINE OR PUT IT IN WARM OR HOT LIQUIDS OR INFANT FORMULA. It will not do what it is supposed to do if you heat it. The water, milk, or infant formula should be taken cold or at room temperature.
Some patients may have worse abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea, constipation, difficulty sleeping, headache, nervousness, dehydration, or other side effects. If some of these occur check with the doctor.
STOP taking this medicine and go to the emergency room or call 911 right away for any of these side effects: difficulty breathing, wheezing, or swelling of the face.
How to store the medicine
Always store medicine in a safe place in the refrigerator where children cannot reach it; and protect it from heat and light.
If the medicine has expired (check the date on the side of the bottle, throw it away.
*In clinical studies using Sucraid, the vast majority of patients had significant reduction or elimination of their symptoms after starting therapy.