Octreotide Injection

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    Sandostatin is a prescription medication for various medical conditions, including acromegaly and diarrhea associated with chemotherapy. It belongs to a class of drugs called somatostatin analogs, which mimic the effects of somatostatin, a hormone produced by the body.

    Sandostatin works by inhibiting serotonin release, reducing the secretion of various hormones like insulin, gastrin, glucagon, and others. It helps control symptoms associated with these conditions and may also slow down tumor growth.


    The dosage of Sandostatin varies according to what is being treated. Your healthcare provider will determine the correct dosage and how often to administer it.


    The active ingredient in Sandostatin is octreotide.


    Common drug-drug interactions may include:

    • Androgens
    • Antidiabetic Agents
    • Bradycardia-Causing Agents
    • Bromocriptine
    • Ceritinib
    • Citalopram
    • Codeine
    • Cyclosporine (Systemic)
    • Digoxin
    • Escitalopram
    • Fexinidazole
    • Fingolimod
    • Fluoxetine
    • Fluvoxamine
    • Herbal Products with Glucose Lowering Effects
    • Hormonal Contraceptives
    • Hypoglycemia-Associated Agents
    • Ivabradine
    • Lacosamide
    • Lisinopril
    • Macimorelin
    • Maitake
    • Midodrine
    • Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
    • Opioid Agonists
    • Paroxetine
    • Ponesimod
    • Prothionamide
    • Quinolones
    • Salicylates
    • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors
    • Sertraline
    • Siponimod
    • Telotristat Ethyl
    • Tofacitinib
    • Vilazodone
    • Vortioxetine


    Sandostatin can cause low thyroid hormone. Tell your doctor if you have a history of thyroid disease.

    Tell your healthcare team if you have a history of heart disease, gastrointestinal disease, liver problems, kidney problems, or neuroendocrine tumors.

    Tell your doctor if you have diabetes and are taking diabetes medication before starting this drug.

    Sandostatin may also affect gallbladder function, so patients with gallstones or a history of gallbladder disease should exercise caution.

    Side Effects

    Some common adverse effects include:

    • Abdominal distress
    • Abdominal pain
    • Alopecia
    • Diaphoresis
    • Hyperglycemia
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Hypertension
    • Sinus bradycardia
    • Biliary tract disease
    • Biliary obstruction
    • Cholelithiasis
    • Constipation
    • Diarrhea
    • Flatulence
    • Gallbladder sludge
    • Nausea
    • Upper abdominal pain
    • Vomiting
    • Anemia
    • Antibody development
    • Pain at the injection site
    • Dizziness
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Arthralgia
    • Asthenia
    • Flu-like symptoms


    Sandostatin [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Novartis; 2002.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 11382

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