Lanreotide is used to treat acondition called acromegaly. It usually occurs when the body makes too much ofa certain natural substance called growth hormone. Lanreotide is used whensurgery or radiation treatment have not been fully successful or cannot beused. Treating acromegaly helps lessen the risk of serious problems such asheart disease and diabetes.
Lanreotide is also used for thetreatment of certain cancer or tumors of the stomach, pancreas, or intestines. Thismedication helps to slow down the growth of these tumors.
Howdoes Lanreotide work?
Lanreotide is similar to anatural substance called somatostatin. It is produced in the body by thehypothalamus. One of its functions is to ‘switch off’ the secretion of growthhormone by the pituitary gland. Somatostatin also lessens splanchnic bloodflow. It also inhibits the release of gastrin, serotonin, vasoactive intestinalsecretin, peptide, motilin, and pancreatic polypeptide.
Somatostatin is chemicallyunstable and broken down by the body within minutes of its release. In contrast,Lanreotide is very stable and much longer acting.
Whyuse Lanreotide Injection?
Lanreotide Injection may be alsoused to treat carcinoid syndrome because it contains the drug substance whichis a synthetic octapeptide. It lessens the need to use another medication totreat diarrhea or flushing caused by the disease. Lanreotide Injection is usedfor the long-term treatment of a certain condition.
This medication is supplied as 60mg/0.2 ml, 90 mg/0.3 ml, and 120 mg/0.5 ml for subcutaneous use. Lanreotide isavailable as sterile, ready-to-use, and single-use prefilled syringes. It iswith biological activity similar to naturally occurring somatostatin, water forinjection, and acetic acid. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has alreadyapproved this medication.
Howto use Lanreotide Injection?
Lanreotide is given by injectiondeep under the skin of your buttock by a doctor or healthcare professional. Thisis usually given once every 4 weeks. To lessen the irritation from theinjection, your doctor will alternate between the left and right buttock witheach dose.
The dosage is based on yourmedical condition and response to it. For the best benefit, use this medicationregularly. Let your doctor know if your condition does not improve or if itgets worse.
Whatare the side effects of Lanreotide Injection?
- Stomach pain
- Muscle or joint pain
- Injection site reaction such as itching, pain, or ahard lump
- Tell your doctor if you have any allergies. Thismedication may have an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
- If you have any medical history or currentmedications (herbal supplements or vitamins), tell it to your doctor.
- This may not be recommended for pregnant women. Ifyou are also breastfeeding, consult your doctor first.
- This should not be used if you have diabetes,heart problems, and liver or kidney disease.