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Lanreotide powder for suspension for injection 30mg

Updated 2 Feb 2023 | Somatostatin analogues


Powder for suspension for injection of lanreotide (as lanreotide acetate).

Drugs List

  • lanreotide 30mg powder + solvent for suspension injection vial
  • Therapeutic Indications


    Acromegaly : Symptomatic relief
    Symptomatic treatment of neuroendocrine (particularly carcinoid) tumours
    Thyrotrophic adenoma

    Treatment of individuals with acromegaly when the circulating levels of Growth Hormone (GH) and/or Insulin-like Growth Hormone (IGF-1) remain abnormal after surgery and/or radiotherapy.

    Neuroendocrine Tumours:
    Treatment of symptoms associated with neuroendocrine (particularly carcinoid) tumours.

    Thyrotrophic Adenomas:
    Treatment of thyrotrophic adenomas when the circulating level of Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) remains inappropriately high after surgery and/or radiotherapy.


    This monograph relates only to lanreotide powder for suspension for injection. A different formulation of lanreotide as a solution for injection is available and the separate monograph should be consulted.


    Acromegaly and Neuroendocrine Tumours:
    Initially, one 30mg intramuscular injection once every 14 days. The frequency of subsequent injections may be varied according to patient's response (as judged by a reduction in symptoms and/or a reduction in GH and/or IGF-1 levels), such that injections can be given every 7-10 days as necessary.

    Thyrotrophic Adenomas:
    Treatment should only be initiated and maintained by physicians experienced in the management of this condition.

    Initially, one intramuscular injection should be given every 14 days. In the case of an insufficient response (as judged by the levels of circulating thyroid hormone and TSH) the frequency of injection may be increased to one every 10 days. Periodic measurement of thyroid hormone and TSH levels should guide continued treatment.


    For intramuscular injection.

    Rotation of the injection site is recommended.


    Children under 18 years

    Precautions and Warnings

    Cardiac impairment
    Diabetes mellitus
    Gastrointestinal obstruction

    Advise ability to drive/operate machinery may be affected by side effects
    Treatment to be initiated and supervised by a specialist
    Monitor gall bladder ECHO before treatment & as clinically indicated after
    Diabetic control may need adjustment
    Monitor blood glucose
    Monitor for signs of pituitary tumour expansion
    Monitor thyroid function where clinically indicated
    Discontinue treatment if cholelithiasis complications are suspected
    May affect the absorption of concomitant oral drugs

    Patients treated with lanreotide may experience hypoglycaemia or hyperglycaemia. Therefore, blood glucose levels should be monitored in all patients when lanreotide treatment is initiated or the dose altered. In diabetic patients insulin or oral antidiabetic requirements should be adjusted accordingly. Patients with underlying cardiac problems may experience a decreased heart rate without necessarily reaching the threshold of bradycardia. In patients with cardiac disorders prior to treatment, sinus bradycardia may occur. Caution is advised with treatment of lanreotide in patients with bradycardia. An additive effect on the reduction of heart rate may be seen as a result of concomitant administration and dose adjustments of such coadministered drugs may be necessary. Lanreotide may reduce gall bladder motility and lead to gallstone formation. Complications such as cholecystitis, cholangitis and pancreatitis, requiring cholecystemctomy have been reported. Gall bladder echography is advisable before treatment and as clinically indicated, or at six to twelve monthly intervals, thereafter. Exclude the presence of obstructive intestinal tumours in patients with carcinoid tumours before prescribing lanreotide. The gastrointestinal effects of lanreotide may reduce the intestinal absorption of co-administered drugs. Slight decreases in thyroid function have been seen during treatment with lanreotide in acromegalic patients, although clinical hypothyroidism is rare. Tests of thyroid function should be done where clinically indicated. Growth hormone-secreting pituitary tumours can expand during treatment with somatostatin analogues. Patients should be monitored for signs of tumour expansion (e.g. visual field defects).

    Pregnancy and Lactation


    Use lanreotide with caution during pregnancy.

    The manufacturer advises lanreotide should be administered to pregnant women only if clearly needed. Data on a limited number of exposed pregnancies indicate no adverse effects of lanreotide on pregnancy or on the health of the new born child. Schaefer states that inadvertent use during pregnancy is not grounds for either termination or invasive diagnostic procedures. Studies in animals showed no evidence of teratogenic effects associated with lanreotide powder for suspension for injection during organogenesis.


    Use lanreotide with caution during breastfeeding.

    The manufacturer recommends exercising caution when using lanreotide during breastfeeding. It is unknown whether lanreotide is excreted in human breast milk. Schaefer suggests that due to the low oral bioavailability of hypothalamic and pituitary hormones, toxic effects are not expected in nursing infants and therefore use for appropriate indications during breastfeeding is acceptable.

    Side Effects

    Abdominal discomfort
    Abdominal distension
    Abdominal pain
    Abnormal faeces
    Acute pancreatitis
    Allergic reaction
    Alterations in hepatic enzymes
    Alterations in pancreatic enzymes
    Biliary dilatation
    Decreased appetite
    Decreased serum sodium
    Diabetes mellitus
    Diarrhoea/loose stools
    Gastro-intestinal symptoms
    Hot flushes
    Hypersensitivity reactions
    Increase in alkaline phosphatase
    Increased glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels
    Injection site reactions
    Musculoskeletal pain
    Serum bilirubin increased
    Skin nodules
    Weight loss


    It is strongly recommended that the UK National Poisons Information Service be consulted on cases of suspected or actual overdose where there is doubt over the degree of risk or about appropriate management.

    The following number will direct the caller to the relevant local centre (0844) 892 0111

    Information may be obtained if you have access to ToxBase the primary clinical toxicology database of the National Poisons Information Service. This is available via password on the internet ( ) or if this is unavailable at the backup site ( ).

    Further Information

    Last Full Review Date: September 2019

    Reference Sources

    Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment, 3rd edition (2015) ed. Schaefer, C., Peters, P. and Miller, R. Elsevier, London.

    Joint Formulary Committee. British National Formulary (online) London: BMJ Group and Pharmaceutical Press. Accessed on 16 September 2019.

    Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference. 39th Edition. London: Brayfield A (ed). Pharmaceutical Press; 2017.

    Summary of Product Characteristics: Somatuline LA. Ipsen Ltd. Revised December 2019.

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