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WHAT IS OCTREOTIDE ?
Octreotide is a hormone drug that is used to treat some types of cancer. Octreotide is a man-made protein that is similar to a hormone in the body called somatostatin. Octreotide lowers many substances in the body such as insulin and glucagon (involved in regulating blood sugar), growth hormone, and chemicals that affect digestion.
Octreotide is given to control symptoms such as diarrhea or flushing in patients with tumors such as carcinoid, pancreatic islet cell tumors, gastrinoma, or vasoactive intestinal peptide-secreting tumors (VIPomas). It is also used to treat acromegaly, when the body produces too much growth hormone, and the hands, feet, face or head grow too large.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
severe stomach pain or tenderness, severe constipation; slow or uneven heartbeats;
severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate;
high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, hunger, dry mouth, fruity breath odor, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss;
low blood sugar--headache, hunger, weakness, sweating, confusion, irritability, dizziness, fast heart rate, or feeling jittery; or
underactive thyroid--extreme tired feeling, dry skin, joint pain or stiffness, muscle pain or weakness, hoarse voice, feeling more sensitive to cold temperatures, weight gain.
Common side effects may include:
diarrhea, constipation; vomiting, upset stomach; bloating, gas; headache, dizziness; or pain when injecting the medicine.
Store Octreotide Depot kit in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store in original packaging until just before use. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Octreotide Depot kit, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets.