Generic Name: lanreotide (lan-REE-oh-tide)
Brand Name: Somatuline Depot
Lanreotide is used for:
Treating certain patients with acromegaly. It is also used to treat a certain type of cancer called neuroendocrine tumor from the gastrointestinal tract or the pancreas (GEP-NETs). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Lanreotide is a somatostatin analog. It works by reducing the levels of certain hormones (eg, growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor-1) in the blood.
Do NOT use lanreotide if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in lanreotide
- you are allergic to latex or rubber
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using lanreotide:
Some medical conditions may interact with lanreotide. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a history of gallstones or gallbladder problems, liver problems, thyroid problems, heart problems (eg, slow heartbeat, heart valve problems), high blood pressure, or pancreas problems
- if you have a history of kidney problems or are on dialysis
- if you have diabetes or use insulin or other medicine to lower your blood sugar
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with lanreotide. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Medicines that may lower heart rate, such as beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), because the risk of slow heartbeat may be increased. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of your medicines might lower your heart rate
- Bromocriptine, quinidine, or terfenadine because the risk of their side effects may be increased by lanreotide
- Cyclosporine because its effectiveness may be decreased by lanreotide
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if lanreotide may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use lanreotide:
Use lanreotide as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with lanreotide. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Lanreotide is usually given as an injection every 4 weeks at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- If you miss a dose of lanreotide, contact your doctor right away.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use lanreotide.
Important safety information:
- Lanreotide may cause dizziness. If this happens, do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Diabetes patients - Lanreotide may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Lanreotide may lower your blood sugar levels. Low blood sugar may make you anxious, sweaty, weak, dizzy, drowsy, or faint. It may also make your heart beat faster; make your vision change; give you a headache, chills, or tremors; or make you more hungry. If these symptoms occur, tell your doctor right away.
- Lanreotide may raise your blood sugar. High blood sugar may make you feel confused, drowsy, or thirsty. It can also make you flush, breathe faster, or have a fruit-like breath odor. If these symptoms occur, tell your doctor right away.
- Lab tests may be performed while you use lanreotide. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using lanreotide while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking lanreotide.
Possible side effects of lanreotide:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Constipation; diarrhea; gas; headache; joint pain; mild stomach pain or discomfort; muscle pain; nausea; pain, itching, or a lump at the injection site; vomiting; weight loss.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision; depression; dizziness; severe or persistent headache; severe or persistent nausea, stomach pain, or vomiting; shortness of breath; slow or irregular heartbeat; symptoms of gallstones (eg, sudden pain around the upper right stomach area, right shoulder area, or between your shoulder blades; yellowing of the skin or eyes; fever with chills); unusual tiredness or weakness.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of lanreotide:
Lanreotide will be handled and stored by a health care provider. You will not store it at home. Keep all medicines out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about lanreotide, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Lanreotide is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take lanreotide or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about lanreotide. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to lanreotide. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using lanreotide.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
More about lanreotide
- Other brands: Somatuline Depot