What is Sandostatin LAR?Sandostatin LAR is a medicine used to treat acromegaly (a disease caused by the body making too much growth hormone) in people who have had inadequate response to surgery and/or radiation or for whom surgery and/or radiation is not an option. Sandostatin LAR is also used to treat severe diarrhea and flushing episodes associated with certain cancers (such as carcinoid tumors and VIPomas). Sandostatin LAR is administered intramuscularly (injected into your muscle).
What is the most important information I should know about Sandostatin LAR?Sandostatin LAR changes the balance between certain hormones (insulin, glucagon, and growth hormone), which can cause low or high blood sugar levels. Your doctor will monitor your blood sugar levels.
Sandostatin LAR can cause heart problems and hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland), and can decrease your vitamin B12 levels during long-term treatment. Your doctor will be checking your blood tests regularly.
Who should not take Sandostatin LAR?Your doctor will not administer Sandostatin LAR to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Sandostatin LAR?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Sandostatin LAR. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes; gallbladder, heart, thyroid problems; or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: Your doctor will prescribe and administer the appropriate dose for you every 4 weeks and will increase or decrease your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
If you have kidney or liver impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.
How should I take Sandostatin LAR?Your doctor will administer Sandostatin LAR for you.
What should I avoid while taking Sandostatin LAR?Do not miss your follow-up appointments with your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Sandostatin LAR?If Sandostatin LAR is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior treatment with Sandostatin LAR: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as propranolol), bromocriptine, cyclosporine, insulin, oral antidiabetic medications, quinidine, or terfenadine.
What are the possible side effects of Sandostatin LAR?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, back pain, blurred vision, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, "flu-like" symptoms, gallbladder problems, gas, hair loss, headache, high blood pressure, injection-site pain, nausea, rash, slow heart rate, tiredness, vomiting
Can I receive Sandostatin LAR if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Sandostatin LAR during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Sandostatin LAR?Do not miss your follow-up appointments with your doctor.
How should I store Sandostatin LAR?Your doctor will store this medication for you.