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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Octreotide Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Sandostatin LAR®; Sandostatin®

Canadian Brand Names

Octreotide Acetate Injection; Octreotide Acetate Omega; Sandostatin LAR®; Sandostatin®

Mexican Brand Names

Cryostatin; Nomactril; Proclose; Sandostatina

Pharmacologic Category

Antidiarrheal; Antidote; Somatostatin Analog

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to octreotide or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Octreotide is a naturally-occurring hormone in the body.

• It decreases the amount of growth hormone produced by your body.

• It decreases insulin levels.

• It slows movement through the gastrointestinal tract allowing more water to be reabsorbed.

How is it best taken?

All forms:

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Follow instructions closely if you or a family member are giving the shot at home.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.


• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• Move site where you give the shot with each shot.

• Esophageal bleeding: This medicine is given into a vein constantly for a period of time.

Sandostatin LAR®:

• This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle once a month.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

If medicine is given at home:

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

If medicine is given by healthcare provider:

• Call healthcare provider for appointment.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Check blood sugar as directed by healthcare provider.

• Check blood work regularly. Talk with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?


• Store unopened vials in a refrigerator or at room temperature. If stored at room temperature, throw away after 2 weeks.

• Protect from light.

• Use right after opening.

Sandostatin LAR®:

• This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

Esophageal varicies:

• The injection will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 14:38:58.0

Modified: 2010-03-26 10:50:16.0

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