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    Information about Somatostatin

    Somatostatin uses

    Somatostatin is used in the treatment of acromegaly, carcinoid tumours and bleeding esophageal varices.

    How somatostatin works

    Somatostatin works by blocking the effects of certain natural hormones in the body such as serotonin and growth hormone. It also decreases bleeding from food pipe by constricting (narrowing) the blood vessels.

    Common side effects of somatostatin

    Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Flatulence, Headache, Increased glucose level in blood, Injection site reaction, Gallstones

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    Content on this page was last updated on 21 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)