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Lanreotide (Subcutaneous)

Lanreotide (lan-REE-oh-tide)

Treats acromegaly (a growth hormone disorder).

Brand Name(s):

Somatuline Depot

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to lanreotide.

How to Use This Medicine:

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Missed dose: Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines and foods can affect how lanreotide works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:
    • Bromocriptine, cyclosporine, quinidine, or terfenadine
    • A beta-blocker heart or blood pressure medicine, insulin or diabetes medicine that you take by mouth

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, or thyroid problems.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Gallstones
    • Slow heart rate or high blood pressure
  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to rubber or latex. The needle cover of the prefilled syringe contains natural dry rubber latex.
  • This medicine may raise or lower your blood sugar level.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Increased thirst, hunger, or urination
  • Severe abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting, yellow skin or eyes
  • Shaking, trembling, sweating, fast or pounding heartbeat, lightheadedness, confusion
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Constipation, diarrhea, gas, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Pain, itching, or a lump under your skin where the shot is given
  • Weight loss

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 11/4/2014
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