Generic Name : Octreotide
Pronunciation : Oct-reeo-tyde
TradeName : India- Actide Amp, Octate Amp, Octide Amp, Octride Amp, Octronis Vial, Okeron Inj, Otide Amp, Sandostatin Inj, Sandostatin Lar Inj.
Why it is prescribed (Indications) : This medication is a synthetic octapeptide, prescribed for acromegaly. It is also used to control diarrhea and flushing caused by cancer.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) : Hypersensitivity.
When it is to be taken : Initial: SC- The recommended dose is 50 - 100µg twice a day. It may be increased upto 500µg twice a day.
How it should be taken : It comes as a solution to be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin.
Special Instruction :
* 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.
Side Effects :
Most Common -
Diarrhea, gall stone formation, abdominal pain, nausea, hair loss, headache and nose bleed.
Decrease in platelet counts.
Dizziness, generalized pain, muscle pain, itching, rash, fatigue and flatulence.
Other Precautions :
* Avoid excess dosage.
Storage Conditions :
Store it in refrigerator (2-8°C), and do not freeze it.
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