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Pronunciation: PAS i REE oh tide
Call your doctor at once if you have any signs that your cortisol levels are too low, such as: joint pain, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, weakness or tired feeling, weight loss, craving salty foods, mood changes, or irritability.
Pasireotide is a man-made protein that is similar to a hormone in the body called somatostatin. Pasireotide lowers certain hormone substances produced in the body.
Pasireotide is used to treat Cushing's disease (an endocrine disorder). Pasireotide is usually given after surgery or other treatments have been tried without success.
Pasireotide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use pasireotide if you are allergic to it.
Your doctor will perform blood tests to make sure you do not have conditions that would prevent you from safely using pasireotide.
To make sure pasireotide is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether pasireotide will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether pasireotide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Pasireotide is injected under the skin. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self inject this medicine if you do not understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.
This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Prepare your dose only when you are ready to give an injection. Do not use if the medicine has changed colors or has particles in it. Call your pharmacist for new medicine.
Use a different place on your stomach or thigh each time you give the injection. Your care provider will show you the best places on your body to inject the medication. Do not inject into the same place two times in a row. Avoid injecting pasireotide into skin that is swollen or irritated.
Each single-use vial (bottle) of this medicine is for one use only. Throw away after one use, even if there is still some medicine left in it after injecting your dose.
Use a disposable needle only once, then throw away in a puncture-proof container (ask your pharmacist where you can get one and how to dispose of it). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
Your blood sugar will need to be checked often, and you may need other blood tests at your doctor's office.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
Common side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with pasireotide, especially:
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with pasireotide, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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