Dosage and Administration
Please follow the dosing instructions carefully. The recommended dosage is as follows:
- 1 mL (8,500 I.U.) (one full measuring scoop or 28 drops) per meal or snack for patients up to 15 kg. (33.07 lbs.) in body weight.
- 2 mL (17,000 I.U.) (two full measuring scoops or 56 drops) per meal or snack for patients over 15 kg. (33.07 lbs.) in body weight.
Dosage should be diluted in 2 to 4 ounces of water, milk, or infant formula, and may be measured with the 1 mL measuring scoop (provided) or by drop count method (1 mL equals 28 drops from the Sucraid® container tip).
The following should be noted in regard to the administration, storage, and expiration of Sucraid®:
- It is suggested that half of each dose be taken before the meal and the other half be taken during the meal. The divided dose is important because the first half of the dose is used to decoy pepsin, which is in the stomach and could otherwise reduce Sucraid®’s effectiveness.
- The beverage or infant formula should be served cold or at room temperature. Do not heat beverages containing Sucraid®, or add Sucraid® to hot beverages, as the heated fluid could decrease the potency of the enzyme.
- Sucraid® should be refrigerated at 36°F-46°F (2°C-8°C) and should be protected from heat and light.
- Sucraid® should not be reconstituted or consumed with fruit juices, as the acidity may reduce the enzyme activity.
- Discard bottles of Sucraid® four weeks after first opening due to the potential for bacterial growth.
Healthcare professionals may recommend that patients avoid starch for two weeks, then gradually add starch back into the diet while monitoring symptoms, as Sucraid® does not treat isomaltase deficiency.