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Octreotide Acetate (Sandostatin) for the T reatment of Cancer (5585)

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Octreotide Acetate (Sandostatin)
for the Treatment of Cancer

Octreotide is a hormone injection used to
control symptoms such as diarrhea, flushing
of the skin, and extreme sweating which may
often occur with carcinoid tumors. The long
acting injection may also be used to slow the
growth of some tumors.

How It Is Given
Short-acting octreotide is given in
subcutaneous (under the skin) injections.
Long-acting Octreotide is injected into the
muscle monthly. Octreotide may also be
given through a continuous IV infusion.

Common Side Effects
 Pain, burning or itching where the
medicine is given
 Nausea
 Gallstones which can cause stomach pain

Less Common Side Effects
 Trouble breathing
 Gas
 Fatigue
 Dizziness
 Headache
 Constipation
 Abdominal pain
 Change if blood sugar levels especially if
you are diabetic

Call Your Health Care Provider if You
 Temperature greater 100.8 θ F
 Difficulty breathing
 Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea not
controlled by medicine
 Yellowing of the skin
 Irregular heart rate

Special Concerns
Make sure your doctor knows if you’re
using the following medicines:
 Cyclosporine
 Medicine for diabetes
 Heart medicines such as:
o Beta blockers
o Calcium channel blockers
o Diuretics
o Potassium supplements

*A test dose may be given to see how the
drug affects you.

Reproduced, with permission, from the 1989-2011 United State Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc.

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