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ProNutra Protein Supplement (Immunotec)
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ProNutra is a dietary protein supplement containing Immunocal which is prepared using a proprietary microfiltration process to produce a highly undenatured whey protein product. ProNutra furnishes all of the amino acids and is a good source of nitrogen for replacing nitrogen losses that occur in patients with pressure ulcers. This process of preparation also ensures that ProNutra contains a rich source of bio-available cystine 1 (two molecules of cysteine linked by a disulfide bond - "bonded cysteine") to promote positive nitrogen balance for minimizing muscle breakdown and rebuilding lean body mass (LBM). Cystine is required to synthesize glutathione which (1) is the cell's major antioxidant and (2) plays a vital role in many cell cycle related events that are needed during tissue repair such as DNA synthesis, protein synthesis and production of growth factors. Glutathione is also vital for maintaining normal functioning of the immune system
INDICATIONS AND USAGE
ProNutra is designed for individuals with, or at risk for developing, pressure ulcers, and for individuals who are malnourished and/or have protein energy malnutrition.
ProNutra® is contraindicated in individuals who develop or have known hypersensitivity to specific milk proteins.
Each bottle of ProNutra® contains 18 grams of protein. Physicians may need to consider this fact when calculating their daily protein intake for patients on a protein-restricted diet. Because ProNutra contains less than .07% lactose, lactose-intolerant individuals tolerate ProNutra well. When used long term, physicians should note that ProNutra contains 9 mg of zinc per serving.
Patients undergoing immunosuppressive therapy should discuss the use of ProNutra with their health professional.
Gastrointestinal bloating and cramps may occur if ProNutra is not sufficiently rehydrated. Transient urticarial-like rash may occur in rare individuals undergoing severe detoxification reaction. Rash abates when ProNutra intake is stopped or reduced.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
For high risk patients susceptible to muscle wasting, stage I & II pressure ulcers, PEM, protein malabsorption, or compromised immune systems: 1 serving (1 bottle) per day is recommended. Stage III & IV pressure ulcers or patients with severe PEM: 2 servings (2 bottles) per day are recommended. For long term maintenance: 1 serving (1 bottle) 2 or 3 times per week according to patient response. ProNutra may be added to oral and tube-administered enteral products.
ProNutra® is a powder with a pleasant citrus flavor, designed to mix with water. DO NOT heat or use a hot liquid to rehydrate the product or use a high-speed blender for reconstitution. If refrigerated after mixing, it will remain bioactive for up to 12 hours after mixing.
ProNutra comes in individual, disposable, plastic bottles containing 37 grams per serving.
Manufactured by Immunotec
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