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    Octreotide acetate

    Information about Octreotide acetate

    Octreotide acetate uses

    Octreotide acetate is used in the treatment of acromegaly, carcinoid tumours and bleeding esophageal varices. It is also used to prevent complications following surgery of the pancreas.

    How octreotide acetate works

    Octreotide acetate is a similar to somatostatin, a substance normally found in the human body which inhibits the effects of certain hormones such as growth hormone. It also lowers the bleeding from the food pipe by constricting (narrowing) the blood vessels.

    Common side effects of octreotide acetate

    Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Nausea, Constipation, Flatulence, Headache, Increased glucose level in blood, Gallstones, Injection site reaction
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    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
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    Dr. Varun Gupta
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    Last updated on:
    16 Oct 2019 | 01:31 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Octreotide acetate

    • Octreotide acetate helps treat acromegaly and certain hormone-producing tumors of stomach, liver, and pancreas.
    • It is given as an injection under the skin or into a vein.
    • It may temporarily cause pain at the site of injection. You can relieve this by gently rubbing the site of injection for a few seconds afterwards. 
    • When used long term, your doctor may monitor your thyroid function, gallbladder function, liver function and vitamin b12 levels regularly.
    • Inform your doctor if you are taking medicines to control your blood pressure or if you are diabetic.
    • Women who do not wish to conceive should practice an effective method for contraception while taking this medication.

    Frequently asked questions for Octreotide acetate

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    Q. Is Octreotide acetate a chemo drug?

    Yes, Octreotide acetate is a chemo drug, used in patients with gastro-entero-pancreatic (GEP) endocrine tumors and pituitary tumors

    Q. Is Octreotide acetate hormone/ protein?

    No, Octreotide acetate is a peptide or a hormone analogue. It is a synthetic compound derived from somatostatin, a substance normally found in the human body

    Q. Is Octreotide acetate safe?

    Octreotide acetate is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Is Octreotide acetate a proton pump inhibitor/ vasopressor?

    No, Octreotide acetate is neither a proton pump inhibitor nor a vasopressor

    Q. Does Octreotide acetate cause hyperglycemia?

    Yes, hyperglycemia is a common side effect of Octreotide acetate treatment

    Q. Does Octreotide acetate cause hair loss and weight gain?

    Yes, hair loss is a common side effect of Octreotide acetate treatment. Octreotide acetate may cause weight gain

    Q. Does Octreotide acetate make you tired?

    Yes, Octreotide acetate may make you feel tired.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 October, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)