Somatuline Depot

Generic Name: lanreotide (lan REE oh tide)
Brand Names: Somatuline Depot

What is Somatuline Depot?

Somatuline is a man-made protein that is similar to a hormone in the body called somatostatin. Somatuline lowers many substances in the body such as insulin and glucagon (involved in regulating blood sugar), growth hormone, and chemicals that affect digestion.

Somatuline Depot is used to as a long-term treatment in people with acromegaly who cannot be treated with surgery or radiation.

Somatuline Depot is sometimes given when surgery or radiation treatments have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

Somatuline Depot may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important information

Before using Somatuline Depot, tell your doctor if you have diabetes, gallbladder disease, heart disease or a heart rhythm disorder, thyroid problems, kidney disease, or liver disease. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to latex or natural rubber.

Somatuline Depot is given as an injection under the skin. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be shown how to use your medicine at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles and syringes used in giving the medicine.

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Each prefilled syringe of Somatuline Depot is for one use only. After giving your injection, throw away used the used needle and syringe 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 Somatuline Depot is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.

Serious side effects of Somatuline Depot include slow or uneven heartbeats, pain in your upper right stomach with nausea and vomiting, pale skin, weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, low blood sugar (confusion, weakness, sweating, tremor, nausea), or high blood sugar (increased thirst or urination, loss of appetite, fruity breath odor, dry skin).

Before using Somatuline Depot

Before using Somatuline Depot, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • diabetes;

  • gallbladder disease;

  • heart disease or a heart rhythm disorder;

  • thyroid problems;

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease; or
  • if you are allergic to latex or natural rubber.

If you have any of the conditions listed above, you may not be able to use Somatuline Depot, or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category C. Somatuline Depot may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether Somatuline passes into breast milk. Do not use Somatuline Depot without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use Somatuline Depot?

Somatuline Depot should be used exactly as your doctor has prescribed it for you. Do not use more of the medication than recommended. Do not use Somatuline Depot for longer than your doctor has prescribed.

Somatuline Depot is given as an injection under the skin. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be shown how to use your medicine at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles and syringes used in giving the medicine.

Each prefilled syringe of Somatuline Depot is for one use only. After giving your injection, throw away used the used needle and syringe 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 Somatuline Depot is helping your condition, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled visits to your doctor.

Store Somatuline Depot in its sealed pouch in the refrigerator, protected from light. Do not allow the medication to freeze.

To reduce discomfort from your injection, take the pouch out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before using the medication. Allow the medicine to reach room temperature before using, but never warm the medicine in hot water or a microwave. Keep the pouch sealed until you are ready for your injection.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Somatuline Depot is usually given every 4 weeks for 3 months at a time. Contact your doctor for instructions if you miss an appointment for your Somatuline Depot injection.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have received too much of this medicine.

An overdose of Somatuline Depot is not expected to produce life-threatening side effects.

What should I avoid?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using Somatuline Depot.

Somatuline Depot side effects

Stop using Somatuline Depot and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
  • slow or uneven heartbeats;

  • gallbladder problems (pain in your upper right stomach area with nausea and vomiting);

  • thyroid problems (may be detected by blood tests);

  • pale skin, weakness, easy bruising or bleeding;

  • low blood sugar (headache, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, nausea); or

  • high blood sugar (increased thirst, loss of appetite, fruity breath odor, increased urination, drowsiness, dry skin).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting;

  • diarrhea, constipation;

  • mild stomach pain or gas;

  • headache;

  • weight loss;

  • joint pain; or

  • pain, itching, or skin lump where injection was given.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Somatuline Depot?

Before using Somatuline Depot, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:

  • cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune, Gengraf);

  • bromocriptine (Parlodel);

  • diabetes medication such as insulin, glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (Diabeta, Micronase), tolbutamide (Orinase), metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), and others; or

  • a beta-blocker such as acebutolol (Sectral), atenolol (Tenormin), betaxolol (Kerlone), bisoprolol (Zebeta), carteolol (Cartrol), carvedilol (Coreg), esmolol (Brevibloc), labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), nadolol (Corgard), penbutolol (Levatol), pindolol (Visken), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), sotalol (Betapace), or timolol (Blocadren).

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with Somatuline Depot. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Somatuline Depot.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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