I am part of a team of nurses who are helping our friend undergoing cancer treatments who gets octreotide 3 times a day for 5 days, at intervals, The hardest part is how painful it is.
From what I read you should give the smallest volume to deliver the amount of drug you need. If it is given sub q, you might try using a cold/ice pack briefly to the area of injection just prior to injecting to reduce sensitivity of the area. Just be careful not to freeze burn the area of course. See if that helps any. Rotate injection sites of course. Poor patient! Nothing worse than the treatment being almost as bad as the illness!
When I was getting chemo, I was given Lidocaine topical cream to apply 30 minutes before the injection/infusion. It worked great! You can also use the aerosol numbing agent. It freezes the area. Sorry, I don't remember the name of it, but every oncologist's infusion center uses it, especially for accessing life ports.
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