Some patients with CSID have used over-the-counter dietary supplements with varying degrees of success. Some people have found dietary supplements to be helpful in reducing the gastrointestinal symptoms associated with isomaltase deficiency.
Therefore, some patients have looked into supplements for this purpose. It should be noted that dietary supplements differ from prescription medication in several important ways. First, dietary supplements are not FDA-approved. This means that they are not subject to the same standards of rigor or manufacturing quality as prescription medications. Secondly, there are vast potency differences between dietary supplements and prescription medications.
Finally, enzymes are proteins and are subject to degradation. Most dietary enzyme supplements are not dispensed in refrigerated packages and therefore, the enzymes contained in these supplements may not survive the packaging/shipping process intact. Before taking a dietary supplement, a CSID patient should discuss it with their physician.
Research efforts are underway to improve starch digestion for CSID patients through a traditional pharmaceutical drug. If you have interest in learning more about future clinical trials, please contact us.