Moving Forward

Living With Acromegaly—A Patient Perspective

Living with acromegaly can be challenging and likely has a big impact on your day-to-day life. It is important to know that you are not alone—there are other patients also living with this condition. If you have been diagnosed with acromegaly, it is important that you continue to take an active part in your healthcare and personal well-being.

Endocrine Health Experts Recently Released Guidelines That Recommend Eating Healthy

Healthy eating and maintaining an active lifestyle are important for everyone. For people with endocrine disorders, focusing on active disease management including strategies to achieve consistent healthy eating and physical activity is vital.

Potpourri: A Crossword Puzzle Designed with You in Mind

Solve a crossword puzzle while learning about acromegaly.
Acromegaly crossword

Living With Acromegaly, Connecting with a Supportive Community

Learn about the importance of support during your journey with acromegaly. Find support group information including The Pituitary Network Association, the National Organization of Rare Disorders, and more.
Connecting with supportive community

Exercise: It’s Not Just For Your Body

Learn about the importance of exercise for people living with acromegaly including how to cope with body changes and improving quality of life.
Exercise for acromegaly

Talking to Your Doctor about Acromegaly

Read about the importance of an open dialogue with your primary doctor, endocrinologist, or neurosurgeon. Get answers to all of your questions and keep the conversation going throughout your journey.
Talk to your doctor about acromegaly

Eating Healthy Is Important for Everyone, Including People with Acromegaly

Find healthy diet tips for people with acromegaly, including information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and an updated Healthy Eating Pyramid from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Acromegaly diet

How Doctors Diagnose Acromegaly: Diagnostic Tests

Read about the diagnostic tests your health care team may use to diagnose your condition and symptom severity, including blood tests for insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTT).
Talk to your doctor about acromegaly

What is Somatuline® Depot (lanreotide) Injection?

Somatuline Depot is a prescription medicine used for the long-term treatment of acromegaly when surgery or radiotherapy has not worked well enough or the patient is not able to have surgery or radiotherapy.

It is not known if Somatuline Depot is safe and effective in children.

Important Safety Information

Who should not take Somatuline Depot?

Do not take Somatuline Depot if you are allergic to lanreotide.

What are the possible side effects of Somatuline Depot?

Somatuline Depot may cause serious side effects, including:

  • Gallstones. Tell your healthcare professional if you get any of these symptoms:
    • sudden pain in your upper right stomach area (abdomen)
    • sudden pain in your right shoulder or between your shoulder blades
    • yellowing of your skin and whites of your eyes
    • fever with chills
    • nausea
  • Changes in your blood sugar (high blood sugar or low blood sugar). If you have diabetes, test your blood sugar as your healthcare professional tells you to. Your healthcare professional may change your dose of diabetes medicine
  • Slow heart rate
  • High blood pressure

The most common side effects of Somatuline Depot in people with acromegaly include diarrhea, stomach area (abdominal) pain, nausea, and pain, itching, or a lump at the injection site.

Somatuline Depot may cause dizziness. If this happens, do not drive a car or operate machinery.

What should I tell my healthcare professional before receiving Somatuline Depot?

  • Tell your healthcare professional if you have diabetes or gallbladder, thyroid, heart, kidney, or liver problems
  • Tell your healthcare professional if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant as Somatuline Depot may harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare professional if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Somatuline Depot passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare professional should decide if you will take Somatuline Depot or breastfeed. You should not do both
  • Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Somatuline Depot and other medicines may affect each other, causing side effects. Somatuline Depot may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how Somatuline Depot works
  • Especially tell your healthcare professional if you take insulin or other diabetes medicines, a cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, or Sandimmune), a medicine called bromocriptine (Parlodel, Cycloset), or medicines that lower your heart rate, such as beta blockers

Tell your healthcare professional if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Somatuline Depot. For more information ask your healthcare professional.

You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
at 1-888-980-2889.

Click here for Patient Information and full Prescribing Information.

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