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Somatuline Depot

Last reviewed on RxList: 7/3/2017
Somatuline Depot Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 7/3/2017

Somatuline Depot (lanreotide) is an injection of a synthetic octapeptide used for the long-term treatment of acromegaly in patients who do not respond to, or cannot opt for, surgery or radiotherapy. The goal of treatment with acromegaly is to reduce growth hormone levels to normal. Side effects of Somatuline Depot include headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, gas, weight loss, joint pain, or injection site reactions (pain, itching, or skin lump).

Somatuline Depot injection is administered every 4 weeks as directed by your doctor. Your doctor may change your dose of Somatuline Depot or the length of time between your injections. Your doctor will tell you how long you need to receive Somatuline Depot. Somatuline Depot may interact with cyclosporine, bromocriptine, diabetes medications, or beta-blockers. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. It is not known if Somatuline Depot will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, and if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Somatuline Depot passes into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you receive Somatuline Depot.

Somatuline Depot (lanreotide) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

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.

Somatuline Depot Consumer Information

Stop using lanreotide and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • slow or uneven heartbeats;
  • gallbladder problems (pain in your upper right stomach area with nausea and vomiting);
  • thyroid problems (may be detected by blood tests);
  • pale skin, weakness, easy bruising or bleeding;
  • low blood sugar (headache, confusion, drowsiness, weakness, dizziness, fast heartbeat, sweating, tremor, nausea); or
  • high blood sugar (increased thirst, loss of appetite, fruity breath odor, increased urination, drowsiness, dry skin).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting;
  • diarrhea, constipation;
  • mild stomach pain or gas;
  • headache;
  • weight loss;
  • joint pain; or
  • pain, itching, or skin lump where injection was given.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Somatuline Depot (lanreotide)

Somatuline Depot Professional Information


The following adverse reactions to SOMATULINE DEPOT (lanreotide) Injection are discussed in greater detail in other sections of the labeling:

Clinical Studies Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.


The data described below reflect exposure to SOMATULINE DEPOT in 416 acromegalic patients in seven studies. One study was a fixed-dose pharmacokinetic study. The other six studies were open-label or extension studies, one had a placebo-controlled, run-in period, and another had an active control. The population was mainly Caucasian (329/353, 93%) with a median age of 53.0 years of age (range 19-84 years). Fifty-four subjects (13%) were age 66-74 and eighteen subjects (4.3%) were ≥ 75 years of age. Patients were evenly matched for gender (205 males and 211 females). The median average monthly dose was 91.2 mg (e.g., 90 mg injected via the deep subcutaneous route every 4 weeks) over 385 days with a median cumulative dose of 1290 mg. Of the patients reporting acromegaly severity at baseline (N=265), serum GH levels were < 10 ng/mL for 69% (183/265) of the patients and ≥ 10 ng/mL for 31% (82/265) of the patients.

The most commonly reported adverse reactions reported by > 5% of patients who received SOMATULINE DEPOT (N=416) in the overall pooled safety studies in acromegaly patients were gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, flatulence, vomiting, loose stools), cholelithiasis and injection site reactions.

Tables 1 and 2 present adverse reaction data from clinical studies with SOMATULINE DEPOT in acromegalic patients. The tables include data from a single clinical study and pooled data from seven clinical studies.

Adverse Reactions in Parallel Fixed-Dose Phase of Study 1

The incidence of treatment-emergent adverse reactions for SOMATULINE DEPOT 60 mg, 90 mg, and 120 mg by dose as reported during the first 4 months (fixed-dose phase) of Study 1 [see Clinical Studies] are provided in Table 1.

Table 1: Adverse Reactions at an Incidence > 5% with Lanreotide Overall and Occurring at Higher Rate in Drug than Placebo: Placebo-Controlled and Fixed-Dose Phase of Study 1 By Dose

Body System
Preferred Term
Placebo-Controlled Double-Blind Phase Weeks 0 to 4 Fixed-Dose Phase Double-Blind + Single-Blind Weeks 0 to 20
(N=25) N (%)
Lanreotide Overall
(N=83) N (%)
Lanreotide 60 mg
(N=34) N (%)
Lanreotide 90 mg
(N=36) N (%)
Lanreotide 120 mg
(N=37) N (%)
Lanreotide Overall
(N=107) N (%)
Gastrointestinal System Disorders 1 (4%) 30 (36%) 12 (35%) 21 (58%) 27 (73%) 60 (56%)
  Diarrhea 0 26 (31%) 9 (26%) 15 (42%) 24 (65%) 48 (45%)
  Abdominal pain 1 (4%) 6 (7%) 3 (9%) 6 (17%) 7 (19%) 16 (15%)
  Flatulence 0 5 (6%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 5 (14%) 8 (7%)
Application Site Disorders (Injection site mass/ pain/ reaction/ inflammation) 0 (0%) 5 (6%) 3 (9%) 4 (11%) 8 (22%) 15 (14%)
Liver and Biliary System Disorders 1 (4%) 3 (4%) 9 (26%) 7 (19%) 4 (11%) 20 (19%)
  Cholelithiasis 0 2 (2%) 5 (15%) 6 (17%) 3 (8%) 14 (13%)
Heart Rate & Rhythm Disorders 0 8 (10%) 7 (21%) 2 (6%) 5 (14%) 14 (13%)
  Bradycardia 0 7 (8%) 6 (18%) 2 (6%) 2 (5%) 10 (9%)
Red Blood Cell Disorders 0 6 (7%) 2 (6%) 5 (14%) 2 (5%) 9 (8%)
  Anemia 0 6 (7%) 2 (6%) 5 (14%) 2 (5%) 9 (8%)
Metabolic & Nutritional Disorders 3 (12%) 13 (16%) 8 (24%) 9 (25%) 4 (11%) 21 (20%)
  Weight decrease 0 7 (8%) 3 (9%) 4 (11%) 2 (5%) 9 (8%)
A patient is counted only once for each body system and preferred term. Dictionary = WHOART.

In Study 1, the adverse reactions of diarrhea, abdominal pain, and flatulence increased in incidence with increasing dose of SOMATULINE DEPOT.

Adverse Reactions in Long-Term Clinical Trials

Table 2 provides the most common adverse reactions that occurred in 416 acromegalic patients treated with SOMATULINE DEPOT in seven studies. The analysis of safety compares adverse reaction rates of patients at baseline from the two efficacy studies, to the overall pooled data from seven studies. Patients with elevated GH and IGF-1 levels were either naive to somatostatin analog therapy or had undergone a 3-month washout [see Clinical Studies].

Table 2: Adverse Reactions at an Incidence > 5.0% in Overall Group Reported in Studies 1 and 2

System Organ Class Number and Percentage of Patients
Studies 1 & 2
(N = 170)
Overall Pooled Data
(N = 416)
N % N %
Patients with any Adverse Reactions 157 92 356 86
Gastrointestinal disorders 121 71 235 57
  Diarrhea 81 48 155 37
  Abdominal pain 34 20 79 19
  Nausea 15 9 46 11
  Constipation 9 5 33 8
  Flatulence 12 7 30 7
  Vomiting 8 5 28 7
  Loose stools 16 9 23 6
Hepatobiliary disorders 53 31 99 24
  Cholelithiasis 45 27 85 20
General disorders and administration site conditions 51 30 91 22
  (Injection site pain /mass /induration/nodule /pruritus) 28 17 37 9
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders 44 26 70 17
  Arthralgia 17 10 30 7
Nervous system disorders 34 20 80 19
  Headache 9 5 30 7
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In addition to the adverse reactions listed in Table 2, the following reactions were also seen:

  • Sinus bradycardia occurred in 7% (12) of patients in the pooled Study 1 and 2 and in 3% (13) of patients in the overall pooled studies.
  • Hypertension occurred in 7% (11) of patients in the pooled Study 1 and 2 and in 5% (20) of patients in the overall pooled studies.
  • Anemia occurred in 7% (12) of patients in the pooled Study 1 and 2 and in 3% (14) of patients in the overall pooled studies.
Gastrointestinal Adverse Reactions

In the pooled clinical studies of SOMATULINE DEPOT therapy, a variety of gastrointestinal reactions occurred, the majority of which were mild to moderate in severity. One percent of acromegalic patients treated with SOMATULINE DEPOT in the pooled clinical studies discontinued treatment because of gastrointestinal reactions.

Pancreatitis was reported in < 1% of patients.

Gallbladder Adverse Reactions

In clinical studies involving 416 acromegalic patients treated with SOMATULINE DEPOT, cholelithiasis and gallbladder sludge were reported in 20% of the patients. Among 167 acromegalic patients treated with SOMATULINE DEPOT who underwent routine evaluation with gallbladder ultrasound, 17.4% had gallstones at baseline. New cholelithiasis was reported in 12.0% of patients. Cholelithiasis may be related to dose or duration of exposure [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Injection Site Reactions

In the pooled clinical studies, injection site pain (4.1%) and injection site mass (1.7%) were the most frequently reported local adverse drug reactions that occurred with the administration of SOMATULINE DEPOT. In a specific analysis, 20 of 413 patients (4.8%) presented indurations at the injection site. Injection site adverse reactions were more commonly reported soon after the start of treatment and were less commonly reported as treatment continued. Such adverse reactions were usually mild or moderate but did lead to withdrawal from clinical studies in two subjects.

Glucose Metabolism Adverse Reactions

In the clinical studies in acromegalic patients treated with SOMATULINE DEPOT, adverse reactions of dysglycemia (hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, diabetes) were reported by 14% (47/332) of patients and were considered related to study drug in 7% (24/332) of patients [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Cardiac Adverse Reactions

In the pooled clinical studies, sinus bradycardia (3.1%) was the most frequently observed heart rate and rhythm disorder. All other cardiac adverse drug reactions were observed in < 1% of patients. The relationship of these events to SOMATULINE DEPOT could not be established because many of these patients had underlying cardiac disease [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

A comparative echocardiography study of lanreotide and another somatostatin analog demonstrated no difference in the development of new or worsening valvular regurgitation between the two treatments over one year. The occurrence of clinically significant mitral regurgitation (i.e., moderate or severe in intensity) or of clinically significant aortic regurgitation (i.e., at least mild in intensity) was low in both groups of patients throughout the study.

Other Adverse Reactions

For the most commonly occurring adverse reactions in the pooled analysis, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and cholelithiasis, there was no apparent trend for increasing incidence with age. GI disorders and renal and urinary disorders were more common in patients with documented hepatic impairment; however, the incidence of cholelithiasis was similar between groups.

Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

The safety of SOMATULINE DEPOT 120 mg for the treatment of patients with gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) was evaluated in Study 3, a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Patients in Study 3 were randomized to receive SOMATULINE DEPOT (N=101) or placebo (N=103) administered by deep subcutaneous injection once every 4 weeks. The data below reflect exposure to SOMATULINE DEPOT in 101 patients with GEP-NETs, including 87 patients exposed for ≥ 6 months and 72 patients exposed for ≥ 1 year (median duration of exposure 22.1 months). Patients treated with SOMATULINE DEPOT had a median age of 64 years (range 30-83 years), 53% were men and 96% were Caucasian. Eighty-one percent of patients (83/101) in the SOMATULINE DEPOT arm and eighty-two percent of patients (82/103) in the placebo arm did not have disease progression within 6 months of enrollment and had not received prior therapy for GEP-NETs. The rates of discontinuation due to treatment-emergent adverse reactions were 5% (5/101 patients) in the SOMATULINE DEPOT arm and 3% (3/103 patients) in the placebo arm.

Table 3 compares the adverse reactions reported with an incidence of > 5% in patients receiving SOMATULINE DEPOT 120 mg administered every 4 weeks and reported more commonly than placebo.

Table 3: Adverse Reactions Occurring in > 5% of Somatuline Depot-Treated Patients and Occurring More Commonly Than in Placebo-Treated Patients ( > 5% higher incidence) in Study 3

Adverse Reaction Somatuline Depot 120 mg
Any (%) Severe** (%) Any (%) Severe** (%)
Any Adverse Reactions 88 26 90 31
Abdominal pain1 34* 6* 24* 4
Musculoskeletal pain2 19* 2* 13 2
Vomiting 19* 2* 9* 2*
Headache 16 0 11 1
Injection site reaction3 15 0 7 0
Hyperglycemia4 14* 0 5 0
Hypertension5 14* 1* 5 0
Cholelithiasis 14* 1* 7 0
Dizziness 9 0 2* 0
Depression6 7 0 1 0
Dyspnea 6 0 1 0
1 Includes preferred terms of abdominal pain, abdominal pain upper/lower, abdominal discomfort
2 Includes preferred terms of myalgia, musculoskeletal discomfort, musculoskeletal pain, back pain
3 Includes preferred terms of infusion site extravasation, injection site discomfort, injection site granuloma, injections site hematoma, injection site hemorrhage, injection site induration, injection site mass, injections site nodule, injection site pain, injection site pruritus, injection site rash, injection site reaction, injection site swelling.
4 Includes preferred terms of diabetes mellitus, glucose tolerance impaired, hyperglycemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus
5 Includes preferred terms of hypertension, hypertensive crisis
6 Includes preferred terms of depression, depressed mood
* Includes one or more serious adverse events (SAEs) defined as any event that results in death, is life threatening, results in hospitalization or prolongation of hospitalization, results in persistent or significant disability, results in congenital anomaly/birth defect, or may jeopardize the patient and may require medical or surgical intervention to prevent one of the outcomes listed.
** Defined as hazardous to well-being, significant impairment of function or incapacitation


Laboratory investigations of acromegalic patients treated with SOMATULINE DEPOT in clinical studies show that the percentage of patients with putative antibodies at any time point after treatment is low ( < 1% to 4% of patients in specific studies whose antibodies were tested). The antibodies did not appear to affect the efficacy or safety of SOMATULINE DEPOT.

In Study 3, development of anti-lanreotide antibodies was assessed using a radioimmunoprecipitation assay. In patients with GEP NETs receiving SOMATULINE DEPOT, the incidence of anti-lanreotide antibodies was 3.7% (3 of 82) at 24 weeks, 10.4% (7 of 67) at 48 weeks, 10.5% (6 of 57) at 72 weeks, and 9.5% (8 of 84) at 96 weeks. Assessment for neutralizing antibodies was not conducted.

The detection of antibody formation is highly dependent on the sensitivity and specificity of the assay. Additionally, the observed incidence of antibody (including neutralizing antibody) positivity in an assay may be influenced by several factors including assay methodology, sample handling, timing of sample collection, concomitant medications, and underlying disease. For these reasons, comparison of the incidence of antibodies to SOMATULINE DEPOT with the incidence of antibodies to other products may be misleading.

Postmarketing Experience

As adverse reactions experienced post-approval use are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

The profile of reported adverse reactions for SOMATULINE DEPOT was consistent with that observed for treatment-related adverse reactions in the clinical studies. Those reported most frequently being gastrointestinal disorders (abdominal pain, diarrhea, and steatorrhea), hepatobiliary disorders (cholecystitis), and general disorders and administration site conditions (injection site reactions). Occasional cases of pancreatitis have also been observed.

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