Drugs A - Z

Lanreotide Solution for injection

It is used to reduce blood levels of growth hormone in patients with a condition called acromegaly

Generic Name: lanreotide

Brand Names: Somatuline Depot

What is this medicine?

LANREOTIDE (lan REE oh tide) is used to reduce blood levels of growth hormone in patients with a condition called acromegaly. It is used when surgery or radiotherapy have not worked well enough or in patients who are not able to have such procedures.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • diabetes
  • gallbladder disease
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lanreotide, other medicines, latex, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • bromocriptine
  • cyclosporine
  • medicines for diabetes, including insulin
  • medicines for heart disease or hypertension
  • quinidine

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

This medicine may cause increases or decreases in blood sugar. Signs of high blood sugar include frequent urination, unusual thirst, flushed or dry skin, difficulty breathing, drowsiness, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting or dry mouth. Signs of low blood sugar include chills, cool, pale skin or cold sweats, drowsiness, extreme hunger, fast heartbeat, headache, nausea, nervousness or anxiety, shakiness, trembling, unsteadiness, tiredness, or weakness. Contact your doctor or health care professional right away if you experience any of these symptoms.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • changes in blood sugar
  • changes in heart rate
  • severe stomach pain

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea or constipation
  • gas or stomach pain
  • nausea, vomiting
  • pain, redness, swelling and irritation at site where injected

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: June 24, 2009
Licensed from
The Healthline Site, its content, such as text, graphics, images, search results, HealthMaps, Trust Marks, and other material contained on the Healthline Site ("Content"), its services, and any information or material posted on the Healthline Site by third parties are provided for informational purposes only. None of the foregoing is a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Healthline Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Please read the Terms of Service for more information regarding use of the Healthline Site.
Advertisement