Which medications in the drug class Somatostatin Analogues are used in the treatment of Cryptosporidiosis?

Updated: Nov 11, 2019
  • Author: Melinda B Tanabe, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Somatostatin Analogues

These agents inhibit the secretion of hormones involved in vasodilation. Octreotide (Sandostatin) may help, but no solid data show superiority over other antimotility agents. Cost and need for intravenous administration are the main factors that limit its use to only severe diarrheal cases.

Octreotide (Sandostatin)

Octreotide primarily acts on somatostatin receptor subtypes II and V. It inhibits growth hormone secretion and has a multitude of other endocrine and nonendocrine effects, including inhibition of glucagon, vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), and GI peptides.


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