Octreotide - Drug Information

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General Information on Octreotide

Generic Name : Octreotide

Pronunciation : Oct-reeo-tyde

Latest prescription information about Octreotide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y51.1 | Therapeutic Classification : Cholinergic Agents

Why is Octreotide Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a synthetic octapeptide, prescribed for acromegaly. It is also used to control diarrhea and flushing caused by cancer. It decreases the amount of certain natural substances produced by the body.

When should Octreotide not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Octreotide?

Initial: SC- The recommended dose is 50 - 100µg twice a day. It may be increased upto 500µg twice a day.

How should Octreotide be taken?

It comes as a solution to be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin.

What are the warnings and precautions for Octreotide?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of gallstones, kidney disease, sugar, thyroid problems, heart disease, poor nutrition, elderly, children, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or vision changes, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
• It may affect blood sugar level with confusion, drowsiness or increased thirst; if it is so consult with your doctor.
• Monitor blood sugar level, growth hormone level and thyroid function regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Octreotide?

   Most Common : Diarrhea, gall stone formation, abdominal pain, nausea, hair loss, headache and nose bleed.
  Blood: Decrease in platelet counts.
   Miscellaneous : Dizziness, generalized pain, muscle pain, itching, rash, fatigue and flatulence.

What are the other precautions for Octreotide?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Octreotide?

Store it in refrigerator (2-8°C), and do not freeze it.

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