MAP will send a trained nurse to administer Sandostatin® LAR Depot injections for eligible patients.
Sandostatin® LAR Depot is administered every 4 weeks via an intramuscular injection by your health care provider—either your doctor, a nurse, nurse practitioner, or any other health care professional qualified to administer intramuscular injections. The professional office is the usual location for receiving your injections. For eligible patients, therapy may be given in a place convenient for the patient through the Mobile Administration Program (MAP).
Starting Octreotide Therapy
When you begin treatment with a once every 4 weeks dose of Sandostatin® LAR Depot, your treatment plan will progress in 1 of 2 ways.
If your doctor has prescribed Sandostatin® LAR Depot for the first time, you will start treatment on the daily injection form of the drug. For the first 2 weeks, you will give yourself daily injections of immediate-release Sandostatin® (octreotide acetate) Injection. These subcutaneous (under the skin) injections are repeated 2 or 3 times a day.
There are 2 reasons why it is important to begin your therapy with daily injections:
- Your doctor can observe how well immediate-release Sandostatin® Injection is working at the starting dose
- It helps to determine if you are experiencing any side effects
- Once your doctor has seen how you are responding to and tolerating immediate-release Sandostatin® Injection, you will most likely be switched to an every 4 week treatment of Sandostatin® LAR Depot.
Switching to A Once Every 4 Weeks Treatment
Once you and your doctor have decided that you have responded to and have tolerated immediate-release Sandostatin® Injection, you can begin every 4 weeks injections with Sandostatin® LAR Depot.
After 3 months on Sandostatin® LAR Depot, your doctor will assess your progress to see if the dosage should be adjusted. Remember to always report any symptoms as accurately as possible so your doctor will know the most appropriate dosage for you. Remember also that it is important to maintain a regular, every 4 weeks schedule of visiting your health care professional.
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