Connect. Hydrolyze. Absorb.

The inability to break down fats from nutrition can cause fat malabsorption. Fats absorbed from nutrition are important for proper health. If you have fat malabsorption and need help breaking down fats from enteral tube feeding formula, your doctor may prescribe RELiZORB.

RELiZORB is a digestive enzyme cartridge that contains iLipase®, which is the enzyme lipase attached to small white bead carriers. RELiZORB connects directly to your feeding tube and as the formula passes through, it makes contact with the iLipase, hydrolyzing (or breaking down) the fat in formula to an absorbable form (called fatty acids and monoglycerides), all before entering your body.

iLipase is made up of the digestive enzyme lipase attached to small polymeric microbead carriers and is stored within the RELiZORB cartridge which connects directly to your feeding tube.

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See how RELiZORB is helping a 17-year old student and lacrosse player living with cystic fibrosis

The symptoms and consequences of fat malabsorption

Fats play an important role in nutrition and certain fats are critical to growth and development. If your body has trouble breaking down these fats, symptoms can develop and will often get worse over time.1

When your body doesn’t properly break down fats it can lead to GI symptoms including:2,3

  • Diarrhea
  • Steatorrhea
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort
  • Bloating and gas
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue

Overall short- and long-term health consequences are multisystemic and varied:4,5

  • Malnutrition
  • Micronutrient deficiencies
    (including fat-soluble vitamins)
  • Weight loss or inability to gain weight
  • Pediatric developmental delays
  • Death
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