Pasireotide Long Acting Injection
What is this medicine?
PASIREOTIDE (PAS i REE oh tide) is used to reduce blood levels of growth hormone in patients with a condition called acromegaly. It is also used to lower cortisol levels to help treat Cushing's disease. It is used when surgery is not an option or has not worked well enough.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
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
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
loss of appetite
right upper belly pain
signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as dizziness; dry mouth; dry skin; fruity breath; nausea; stomach pain; increased hunger or thirst; increased urination
unusually slow heartbeat
unusually weak or tired
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
beta-blockers like metoprolol and propranolol
calcium channel blockers like diltiazem and verapamil
other medications that may prolong the QT interval (cause an abnormal heart rhythm)
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.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
history of irregular heartbeat
history of pancreatitis
low levels of magnesium or potassium in the blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to pasireotide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
You may need blood work done while you are taking this medicine.
July 11, 2018