Trypsin

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About

Trypsin is an enzyme. An enzyme is a protein that speeds up a certain biochemical reaction. Trypsin is found in the small intestine. It can also be made from fungus, plants, and bacteria. But it is usually made for commercial purposes from the pancreas of livestock.

Trypsin is given to people who lack enzymes needed for digestion.

It is also given in combination with bromelain and rutin for treatment of osteoarthritis.

Some people apply trypsin directly to wounds and ulcers to remove dead tissue and improve healing.

There is also a combination prescription spray-on product that is used for healing mouth ulcers. It contains trypsin, Peru balsam, and castor oil.

How it works

Trypsin removes dead skin cells (tissue) and allows healthy tissue to grow.

Effectiveness

Possibly Effective
Osteoarthritis

A combination product that contains trypsin, bromelain, and rutin (Phlogenzym) seems to work about as well as a medication called diclofenac in relieving pain and improving knee function.

Wound cleansing and healing

Applying trypsin to the skin seems to help remove dead tissue from wounds and improve healing. A combination spray-on (aerosol) product containing trypsin, Peru balsam, and castor oil is an FDA-approved prescription product.

Concerns

Trypsin seems to be safe when used by healthcare professionals for wound cleaning and healing. It can cause side effects such as pain and burning.Not enough is known about the safety of trypsin for its other uses.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of trypsin duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Dosing considerations for Trypsin.

Interactions

No information available.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.