For the long-term treatment of patients with acromegaly who had inadequate response to or cannot be treated with surgery and/or radiotherapy
- SOMATULINE DEPOT is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to lanreotide. Allergic reactions (including angioedema and anaphylaxis) have been reported following administration of lanreotide.
- Cholelithiasis and Gallbladder Sludge
- SOMATULINE DEPOT may reduce gallbladder motility and lead to gallstone formation.
- Periodic monitoring may be needed.
- Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia
- Pharmacological studies show that SOMATULINE DEPOT, like somatostatin and other somatostatin analogs, inhibits the secretion of insulin and glucagon. Patients treated with SOMATULINE DEPOT may experience hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.
- Blood glucose levels should be monitored when SOMATULINE DEPOT treatment is initiated, or when the dose is altered, and antidiabetic treatment should be adjusted accordingly.
- Cardiovascular Abnormalities
- SOMATULINE DEPOT may decrease heart rate. In cardiac studies with acromegalic patients, the most common cardiac adverse reactions were sinus bradycardia, bradycardia, and hypertension.
- In patients without underlying cardiac disease, SOMATULINE DEPOT may lead to a decrease in heart rate without necessarily reaching the threshold of bradycardia. In patients suffering from cardiac disorders prior to treatment, sinus bradycardia may occur. Care should be taken when initiating treatment in patients with bradycardia.
- Thyroid Function Abnormalities
- Slight decreases in thyroid function have been seen during treatment with lanreotide in acromegalic patients.
- Thyroid function tests are recommended where clinically appropriate.
- Monitoring/Laboratory Tests: In acromegaly, serum GH and IGF-1 levels are useful markers of the disease and effectiveness of treatment.
- Adverse reactions occurring in greater than or equal to 9% of patients who received SOMATULINE DEPOT in the overall pooled safety studies in acromegaly were diarrhea (37%), cholelithiasis (20%), abdominal pain (19%), nausea (11%), and injection-site reactions (9%).
Drug Interactions: SOMATULINE DEPOT may decrease the absorption of cyclosporine (dosage adjustment may be needed); increase the absorption of bromocriptine; and require dosage adjustment for bradycardia-inducing drugs (e.g., beta-blockers).
- Lactation: Advise women not to breastfeed during treatment and for 6 months after the last dose.
- Moderate to Severe Renal and Hepatic Impairment: See full prescribing information for dosage adjustment in patients with acromegaly.
To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-855-463-5127 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.