Somatuline Depot

Generic Name: Lanreotide

  • What is Somatuline Depot?

    Somatuline Depot is an injectable medicine used for the long-term treatment of patients with acromegaly when surgery or radiotherapy has not been adequate or in patients who are not able to have surgery or radiotherapy.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Somatuline Depot?

    Somatuline Depot may cause low or high blood sugar in patients.

  • Who should not take Somatuline Depot?

    Do not take Somatuline Depot if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without talking with your doctor.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Somatuline Depot?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Somatuline Depot. Also talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes, liver or kidney problems, a history of heart problems, are allergic to latex, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or 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: The initial recommended dose is 90 milligrams (mg).

  • How should I take Somatuline Depot?

    You will receive Somatuline Depot injection every 4 weeks as directed by your doctor. It is injected in the upper outer area of your buttock. The injection site should alternate between your right and left side each time you receive your injection.

  • What should I avoid while taking Somatuline Depot?

    Avoid getting pregnant or breastfeeding while on Somatuline Depot.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Somatuline Depot?

    If Somatuline Depot is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Somatuline Depot with the following: beta-blockers, bromocriptine, cyclosporine, insulin, oral antidiabetic medicines, quinidine, and terfenadine.

  • What are the possible side effects of Somatuline Depot?

    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: changes in blood sugar levels, low heart rate, high blood pressure, and new or worsening heart valve problems, gall bladder problems, diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, gas, constipation

  • Can I receive Somatuline Depot if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Somatuline Depot is to be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Somatuline Depot?

    If you miss an injection, talk with your doctor as soon as possible to schedule an injection.

  • How should I store Somatuline Depot?

    Somatuline Depot is administered only in your doctor's office.

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