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 2  collagenous colitis Tiredness, increase need for sweets, pain and swelling at injection sites Prescribed for acute diarhea, 20 times a day, did have 5 bm's during that time that some consistency but then it quit working. On to Imuran now! F 48 8 weeks
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 5  Carcinoid & Carcinoid Syndrome gallbladder had to be removed due to 200 gallstones w/in 60 days of starting drug, thyroid problems requiring treatment, pain in limbs and internal spasms of blood vessel This drug has kept me alive and functioning, but it has not been a "free pass" for me. I had to have my gallbladder removed within 60 days of starting and have had a lot of pain in my arms and legs. Severe. It feels like a crushing pain. Thankfully, it has not been constant, but has required treatment at times. Don't understand what it is. Also, severe thyroid problems and gained lots of weight. THE GOOD PART: my blood sugar is under control, the diarrhea and vomiting from the hormones the tumor secretes and the breathing problems are much better.The flushing totally stopped for many years. The medication has protected me prior to surgery and rescued me when things were not going well in the ER. These problems were keeping me confined to home and making my life a living torture. Also, I have not had the terrible spread of tumor that some with this diagnosis have had. I have been blessed that my docs were aggressive with starting this right away and kept the dose up F 46 14 days

SANDOSTATIN  (OCTREOTIDE ACETATE):  Octreotide is used to treat severe watery diarrhea and sudden reddening of the face and neck caused by certain types of tumors (e.g., carcinoid tumors, vasoactive intestinal peptide tumors) that are found usually in the intestines and pancreas. The symptoms occur when these tumors make too much of certain natural substances (hormones). This medication works by blocking the production of these hormones. By decreasing watery diarrhea, octreotide helps to reduce the loss of body fluids and minerals. Octreotide is also used to treat a certain condition (acromegaly) that occurs when the body makes too much of a certain natural substance called growth hormone. Treating acromegaly helps reduce the risk of serious problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Octreotide works by decreasing the amount of growth hormone to normal levels. This drug is not a cure for these conditions. This medication is usually used with other treatment (e.g., surgery, radiation, other drugs).   (Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare Services, FDA)