Sandostatin (Injection)

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Sandostatin (Injection) Drug and Prescription Information

Sandostatin (Injection)

Sandostatin (Injection) Medication Classification

OCTREOTIDE (Injection)

Sandostatin (Injection) Brandname

Sandostatin, Sandostatin Lar Depot

Sandostatin (Injection) is used for the Treatment

Octreotide (ok-TREE-oh-tide) Lowers levels of growth hormone in acromegaly. Also treats diarrhea associated with certain types of tumors.

When To Not Use Sandostatin (Injection)

You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to octreotide.

How Should You Use Sandostatin (Injection)


  • 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 or into a vein.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection.
  • You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.
  • Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
  • Never share your medicine with anyone.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • It is very important to use this medicine on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Proper Sandostatin (Injection) Storage

Store Sandostatin (Injection) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Sandostatin (Injection) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Sandostatin (Injection)

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

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using cyclosporine (Sandimmune®), diabetes medicine (insulin or oral medicine such as Actos™, Avandia®, Glucotrol®, Glyburide®), blood pressure medicine (such as atenolol, metoprolol, propranolol, Toprol®), heart medicine (such as verapamil, Adalat®, Cardizem®, Plendil®, Procardia®), diuretics (water pills such as furosemide, Norvasc®), or potassium supplements.

Sandostatin (Injection) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have psoriasis, heart or thyroid problems, diabetes, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), or severe kidney disease.
  • Side effects tend to be more severe in patients who are taking octreotide for acromegaly.

Sandostatin (Injection) Side Effects

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

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
  • Increase in how much or how often you urinate, increased thirst or hunger, weight loss
  • Nervousness, shakiness, sweating, sudden hunger
  • Severe pain in the upper or upper right abdomen, especially spreading to the side or back
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness, coldness, weight gain
  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Pain, burning, or itching where the IV or shot is given
  • Nausea, constipation, stomach cramps, increased diarrhea

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