Lanreotide depot - injection
Lanreotide depot - injection
This medication is a long-acting form of lanreotide. Lanreotide is used to treat a condition called acromegaly that occurs when the body makes too much of a certain natural substance called growth hormone. It is used when surgery or radiation treatment have not been fully successful or cannot be used. Treating acromegaly helps reduce the risk of serious problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Lanreotide works by decreasing the amount of growth hormone to normal levels.
This drug is not a cure for acromegaly. It is used for the long-term treatment of this condition.
This medication is also used to treat certain cancer or tumors of the stomach, intestines, or pancreas. It may help to slow down the growth of these tumors. Lanreotide is also used to treat carcinoid syndrome. It may help reduce the need to use another medication to treat diarrhea or flushing caused by carcinoid syndrome.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your doctor or pharmacist before you start using lanreotide and before each monthly injection since there may be new information. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is given by injection deep under the skin of your buttock by a health care professional as directed by your doctor, usually once every 4 weeks. To reduce irritation from the injection, your doctor will alternate between the left and right buttock with each dose. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder (e.g., every 4 weeks).
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
Headache, muscle/joint pain, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea, constipation, stomach upset, gas, or weight loss may occur. Pain and irritation at the injection site may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including:
This medication may rarely cause changes in blood sugar, especially if you have diabetes. Symptoms of high blood sugar include increased thirst and urination. Symptoms of low blood sugar include nervousness, shakiness, sweating, fast heartbeat, and hunger. Tell your doctor right away if you experience symptoms of high or low blood sugar while using this medication. Monitor your blood sugar levels as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medications.
This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including:
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Before using lanreotide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as dry natural rubber/latex found in the packaging), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Some products that may interact with this drug include:
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., growth hormone levels, blood glucose tests, thyroid function tests, blood pressure, heart rate) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule.
Not applicable. This medication is given in a clinic and will not be stored at home.
Information last revised October 2018.
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