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Dr. Bernard King
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Octreotide (Overview)

Octreotide is a gastroenterology drug.


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What is octreotide; is it related to growth hormone?

What is octreotide; is it related to growth hormone?

Octreotide is a …: Synthetic version of somatostatin (growth-hormone-inhibiting hormone) that is more potent inhibitor of growth hormone, glucagon, & Insulin than the natural hormone. It is approved for treating growth hormone disorders like acromegaly & gigantism & also for treating certain tumor-associated diarrhea. Also has some "off-label" uses not pertinent here. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard King
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Octreotide (Overview)

Octreotide is a gastroenterology drug.


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Which organs does octreotide vasoconstrict exactly?

Which organs does octreotide vasoconstrict exactly?

Intestinal vessels: The main use of octreotide is to control abnormal hormone production by various endocrine tumors. However, it can also be used in people with gastrointestinal bleeding, including esophageal varices to slow bleeding. It does this by constricting blood flow in intestinal (splanchnic) vessels. There is also research looking at treating diabetic retinopathy by constricting bleeding vessels in the eye. ...Read more

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How does octreotide work?

How does octreotide work?

Octreotide: It inhibits glucagon, growth hormone & insulin, hence it is used for acromegaly & carcinoid syndrome & to treat diarrhea in some intestinal tumors. It is a depot injectable drug. ...Read more

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What is the drug octreotide used for?

What is the drug octreotide used for?

Diarrhea, carcinoid: It is used for refractory diarrhea when other medications do not work, and for treatment of carcinoid tumors and associated symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the effects of the chemo drug octreotide?

What are the effects of the chemo drug octreotide?

This not a true chem: It is a form of somatostatin, which is used to treat symptoms from carcinoid syndrome such as severe diarrhea, itch severe flushing. It has many other uses outside of oncology. It also is used for scaning for spread of carcinoid and other tumors associated with a neuroendocrine function it can affect the thyroid, glucose control, heart rate as side effects. ...Read more

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How does octreotide work?

Octreotide: It inhibits glucagon, growth hormone & insulin, hence it is used for acromegaly & carcinoid syndrome & to treat diarrhea in some intestinal tumors. It is a depot injectable drug. ...Read more

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Which organs does octreotide vasoconstrict exactly?

Intestinal vessels: The main use of octreotide is to control abnormal hormone production by various endocrine tumors. However, it can also be used in people with gastrointestinal bleeding, including esophageal varices to slow bleeding. It does this by constricting blood flow in intestinal (splanchnic) vessels. There is also research looking at treating diabetic retinopathy by constricting bleeding vessels in the eye. ...Read more

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What is the drug octreotide used for?

Diarrhea, carcinoid: It is used for refractory diarrhea when other medications do not work, and for treatment of carcinoid tumors and associated symptoms. ...Read more

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