The role of octreotide in palliative care

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
S Mercadante

Abstract

Octreotide, an analogue of somatostatin with a more favorable pharmacokinetic profile, is a new drug that may offer some advantages in the palliative care setting. It has been used with favorable results in the management of some gastrointestinal disorders, such as gastrointestinal hemorrhage, diarrhea, short-bowel syndrome, fistula, and intestinal occlusion in the palliative care setting. These favorable results occurred without important side effects, underlining the potential role of this drug. The cost-benefit ratio of this expensive drug must be considered, however.

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