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Generic Name: Octreotide Injection (ock-TREE-oh-tide)
Brand Name: Sandostatin
Octreotide is used for:
Treatment of severe diarrhea caused by certain types of cancer. It is also used to treat acromegaly in certain patients as well as other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Octreotide is a somatostatic agent. It works by reducing blood levels of a variety of hormones (eg, growth hormone) and chemical messengers (eg, gastrin, vasoactive intestinal peptide), which cause disease symptoms.
Do NOT use Octreotide if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Octreotide :
Some medical conditions may interact with Octreotide . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Octreotide . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Octreotide may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Octreotide :
Use Octreotide as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Octreotide .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Octreotide :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Octreotide :
Store Octreotide in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C), for long-term storage. Do not freeze. Octreotide can be stored at room temperature, between 70 and 86 degrees F (21 and 30 degrees C), for 14 days. Protect from light. Allow the solution to come to room temperature before using. Do not warm or thaw Octreotide with hot water or by placing in the microwave. Once opened, throw away multiple-dose vials after 14 days. Open single-dose vials just before use and throw away unused portion. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Octreotide , as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Octreotide . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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