Medications


Lanreotide injection

What is this medicine?

LANREOTIDE (lan REE oh tide) is used to reduce blood levels of growth hormone in patients with a condition called acromegaly. It also works to slow or stop tumor growth in patients with neuroendocrine tumors and treat carcinoid syndrome.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • increased blood pressure

  • severe stomach pain

  • signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as dizziness; dry mouth; dry skin; fruity breath; nausea; stomach pain; increased hunger or thirst; increased urination

  • signs and symptoms of low blood sugar such as feeling anxious; confusion; dizziness; increased hunger; unusually weak or tired; sweating; shakiness; cold; irritable; headache; blurred vision; fast heartbeat; loss of consciousness

  • unusually slow heartbeat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • diarrhea

  • dizziness

  • headache

  • muscle pain

  • muscle spasms

  • nausea

  • pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected

What may interact with this medicine?

This medicine may interact with the following medications:

  • bromocriptine

  • cyclosporine

  • certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat

  • certain medicines for diabetes

  • quinidine

  • terfenadine

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • diabetes

  • gallbladder disease

  • heart disease

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lanreotide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.

Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information. Do not breast-feed an infant while taking this medicine or for 6 months after stopping it.

This medicine has caused ovarian failure in some women. This medicine may interfere with the ability to have a child. Talk with your doctor or health care professional if you are concerned about your fertility.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2018 Elsevier
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