Lanreotide

Other Names: Somatuline®

About This Drug

Lanreotide is used to treat cancer. It is given as an injection into a muscle (intramuscularly).

Possible Side Effects (More Common)

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea and throwing up (vomiting)
  • Pain at the site of injection
  • High blood pressure. Your doctor will check your blood pressure as needed

Possible Side Effects (Less Common)

  • Loose bowel movements (diarrhea) that may last for a few days
  • Constipation (not able to move bowels)
  • Feeling dizzy

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions to this drug are rare, but may happen in some patients. Signs of allergic reactions to this drug may be a rash, fever, chills, feeling dizzy, trouble breathing, and/or feeling that your heart is beating in a fast or not normal way.

Treating Side Effects

  • Drink 6-8 cups of fluids each day unless your doctor has told you to limit your fluid intake due to some other health problem. A cup is 8 ounces of fluid. If you throw up or have loose bowel movements, you should drink more fluids so that you do not become dehydrated (lack water in the body from losing too much fluid).
  • If you are dizzy, get up slowly after sitting or lying down
  • Ask your doctor or nurse about medicines that are available to help stop or lessen constipation.

Food and Drug Interactions

There are no known interactions of lanreotide with food. This drug may interact with other medicines. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines and dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbs and others) that you are taking at this time. The safety and use of dietary supplements and alternative diets are often not known. Using these might affect your cancer or interfere with your treatment. Until more is known, you should not use dietary supplements or alternative diets without your cancer doctor's help.

When to Call the Doctor

right away if you have any of these symptoms:
  • Loose bowel movements (diarrhea) 4 times or loose bowel movements with lack of strength or a feeling of being dizzy
  • Fever of 100.5 F (38 C) or higher
  • Chills
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Rash or itching
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Nausea that stops you from eating or drinking

Reproduction Concerns

  • Pregnancy warning: It is not known if this drug may harm an unborn child. For this reason, be sure to talk with your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant while getting this drug.
  • Breast feeding warning: It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. For this reason, women should talk to their doctor about the risks and benefits of breast feeding during treatment with this drug because this drug may enter the breast milk and badly harm a breast feeding baby.

New Drug Sheets: September 2015