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octreotide (injectable) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using octreotide (Sandostatin, Sandostatin LAR Depot)?

You should not use octreotide if you are allergic to it.

To make sure you can safely use octreotide, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • diabetes;
  • gallbladder disease;
  • heart disease, high blood pressure, or heart rhythm disorder;
  • thyroid problems;
  • pancreatitis;
  • kidney disease; or
  • liver disease.

FDA pregnancy category B. Octreotide is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Using octreotide can affect certain hormones that may make it easier for you to get pregnant, even if you were unable to get pregnant before. Talk to your doctor about using birth control to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

It is not known whether octreotide passes into breast milk. Do not use octreotide without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use octreotide (Sandostatin, Sandostatin LAR Depot)?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Octreotide is injected under the skin, or into a vein through an IV. You may be shown how to use an IV at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine. Be sure to follow the instructions for the exact type of octreotide your doctor has prescribed for you.

Prepare your dose in a syringe only when you are ready to give yourself an injection. Do not use the medication if it has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.

Use a different place on your body each time you give the injection. Your care provider will show you the best places on your body to inject the medication. Do not inject into the same place two times in a row.

Use each disposable needle only one time. Throw away used needles in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.

To be sure this medication is helping your condition and not causing harmful effects, your blood cells, kidney function, and liver function may need to be tested often. Do not miss any follow up visits to your doctor for blood or urine tests.

Keep this medication in the carton and store in a refrigerator, protected from light. Do not freeze.

You may take the medication out of the refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature before giving the injection. Do not heat the medicine before using.

Throw away any medicine left in the medicine bottle (vial) after 14 days of use. Then start a new vial.

Each single use ampul of this medicine is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it after injecting your dose.

The Sandostatin LAR Depot kit should be kept at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes before mixing the medicine. Give the injection right away after mixing your dose.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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