Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

This medicine is given as a shot under your skin, into a muscle or vein.

A nurse or other trained health professional may give you this medicine or this medicine may be given at home to patients who do not need to be in the hospital or clinic. If you are using this medicine at home, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to prepare and inject the medicine. Be sure that you understand how to use the medicine.

You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.

You might not use all of the medicine in each ampul or vial (glass container). Do not save an opened ampul or vial. If the medicine in the ampul or vial has changed color, or if you see particles in it, do not use it.

Some patients may feel pain, stinging, tingling, or burning sensations at the place where they inject the medicine. Injecting the medicine after it has been warmed to room temperature rather than cold from the refrigerator may reduce the discomfort. However, do not use heat to warm it faster because heat can destroy the medicine.

Put used needles and syringes in a puncture-resistant disposable container or dispose of them as directed by your doctor. Do not reuse needles and syringes.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For long-acting injection dosage form:
    • For treatment of acromegaly:
      • Adults—At first, 20 milligrams (mg) injected into the gluteal muscle once every 4 weeks for 3 months. Your doctor will adjust your as needed and tolerated.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For treatment of severe diarrhea and other symptoms that occur with certain types of intestinal tumors:
      • Adults and teenagers—At first, 20 milligrams (mg) injected into the gluteal muscle once every 4 weeks for 2 months. Your doctor will adjust your as needed and tolerated.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For short-acting injection dosage form:
    • For treatment of acromegaly:
      • Adults—At first, 50 micrograms (mcg) injected under the skin or into a vein three times a day. Your doctor will adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For treatment of carcinoid tumors:
      • Adults—At first, 100 to 600 micrograms (mcg) per day, divided into two or four doses and injected under the skin for the first 2 weeks. Your doctor will adjust your dose as needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1500 mcg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For treatment of severe diarrhea that occurs with certain types of intestinal tumors:
      • Adults—At first, 200 to 300 micrograms (mcg) per day, divided into two or four doses and injected under the skin for the first 2 weeks. Your doctor will adjust your dose as needed.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

If you miss a dose of the long-acting form of this medicine, contact your doctor.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.

Ampules of the short-acting form of octreotide injection may be kept at room temperature for 14 days when they are protected from light. If the ampuls are not protected from light, problems with the solution can develop much sooner.