Serrapeptase is used for treating painful conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, back pain and osteoporosis. There are no known side effects associated with serrapeptase when people take it orally for up to four weeks, according to WebMD. It is unknown if serrapeptase is safe to use long-term, and additional evidence is still required to determine its efficacy as of 2015.,
People use serrapeptase to treat carpel tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, tension headaches and migraine headaches, notes WebMD. Some people also use it for conditions related to inflammation and pain, such as an ear infection, sore throat, sinusitis or laryngitis. Irritable bowel disease, post-surgery swelling and swelling of a vein with the formation of a blood clot are other possible indications for serrapeptase use.
Some people use serrapeptase for hardening of the arteries, diabetes, asthma or heart disease, states WebMD. Other uses for serrapeptase include leg ulcers and pus accumulation. Some women use serrapeptase for fibrocystic breast disease and the pain associated with engorged breasts. However, because it is not known if serrapeptase is safe for pregnant or nursing women, it is unwise to use it except on the advice of a physician.
People with bleeding disorders should speak to a health care provider before using serrapeptase, recommends WebMD. Additionally, doctors recommend avoiding serrapeptase during the two weeks before a surgical procedure.