This medication is a synthetic octapeptide, prescribed for acromegaly. It is also used to control diarrhea and flushing caused by cancer. It decreases the amount of certain natural substances produced by the body.
Octreotide is a hormone in the body. It lowers how much growth hormone is made by your body. It lowers insulin levels. It slows movement in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract by letting more water get into it.
It comes as a solution to be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin. Initial: SC- The recommended dose is 50 - 100µg twice a day. It may be increased upto 500µg twice a day.
Belly pain. Gas. Hair loss. Hair most often grows back when this drug is stopped. Itching. Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. Short-term pain after use. High blood pressure. High blood sugar. This most often goes back to normal when drug is stopped. Low blood sugar. Signs include anger, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating. Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar. Slow heartbeat. Acromegaly: Loose stools (diarrhea). Gallstones may rarely happen. Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative. Flu-like signs. These include headache, weakness, fever, shakes, aches, pains, and sweating. Mild pain drugs may help. Feeling tired or weak. Headache. Irritation where the shot is given.
If drug is given at home: - Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses. Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor. If this drug is given by your doctor: - Call your doctor for an office visit.
If you have an allergy to octreotide or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Chest pain or pressure. Very upset stomach or throwing up. Very low blood sugar or very high blood sugar. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category B : Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.
Trophic Hormones & Related Synthetic Drugs
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