Octreotide is used to treat acromegaly, by reducing the amount of growth hormone in your body. It is also used to treat the symptoms of certain types of cancers or tumours, and sometimes other conditions.
Octreotide is given as an injection into a muscle.
The first long-acting injection may take a few weeks to start working. Your doctor will discuss whether you need extra doses of the short-acting octreotide during this time.
If it is nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and inject your next dose at the usual time. Otherwise, inject the missed dose as soon as possible. Do not inject two doses at the same time.
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Irregular heartbeat, fainting, lightheaded
Severe stomach pain, nausea
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Low blood sugar: symptoms may include sweating, trembling, feeling anxious or irritable
Peeing more often, feeling thirsty
|Tell your doctor|
Hair loss or thinning
Tiredness or weakness
Stomach upset, farting, oily bowel motions
Irritation or pain at injection site
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. September 2020
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