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Therapeutic Class: Endocrine-Metabolic Agent
Pharmacologic Class: Somatostatin (class)
Lanreotide is used for the long-term treatment of acromegaly (a growth hormone disorder) in patients who cannot be treated with surgery or radiation. lanreotide works by reducing the amount of growth hormone that the body produces .
lanreotide is available only with your doctor's prescription .
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For lanreotide, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to lanreotide or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of lanreotide in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established .
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatrics-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of lanreotide in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related kidney problems or liver problems, which may require an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving lanreotide .
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There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Using lanreotide with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of lanreotide. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you lanreotide. lanreotide is given as a shot under your skin .
It is very important that your doctor check your progress at regular visits to make sure lanreotide is working properly and to check for unwanted effects .
lanreotide may cause your blood sugar levels to rise or fall. Also, lanreotide may cover up signs of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), such as a change in your pulse rate. If you notice a change in the results of your blood sugar test or urine sugar test, check with your doctor .
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to rubber or latex. The needle cover of the prefilled syringe contains natural dry rubber, which may cause an allergic reaction if you have a latex allergy .
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:More common
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:More common
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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