Safety of octreotide in hospitalized infants.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Octreotide is used off-label in infants for treatment of chylothorax, congenital hyperinsulinism, and gastrointestinal bleeding. The safety profile of octreotide in hospitalized infants has not been described; we sought to fill this information gap. METHODS: We identified all infants exposed to at least 1 dose of octreotide from a cohort of 887,855 infants discharged from 333 neonatal intensive care units managed by the Pediatrix Medical Group between 1997 and 2012. We collected laboratory and clinical information while infants were exposed to octreotide and described the frequency of baseline diagnoses, laboratory abnormalities, and clinical adverse events (AEs). RESULTS: A total of 428 infants received 490 courses of octreotide. The diagnoses most commonly associated with octreotide use were chylothorax (50%), pleural effusion (32%), and hypoglycemia (22%). The most common laboratory AEs that occurred during exposure to octreotide were thrombocytopenia (47/1000 infant-days), hyperkalemia (21/1000 infant-days), and leukocytosis (20/1000 infant-days). Hyperglycemia occurred in 1/1000 infant-days and hypoglycemia in 3/1000 infant-days. Hypotension requiring pressors (12%) was the most common clinical AE that occurred during exposure to octreotide. Necrotizing enterocolitis was observed in 9/490 (2%) courses, and death occurred in 11 (3%) infants during octreotide administration. CONCLUSION: Relatively few AEs occurred during off-label use of octreotide in this cohort of infants. Additional studies are needed to further evaluate the safety, dosing, and efficacy of this medication in infants.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Testoni, D; Hornik, CP; Neely, ML; Yang, Q; McMahon, AW; Clark, RH; Smith, PB; Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act — Pediatric Trials Network Administrative Core Committee,

Published Date

  • July 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 91 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 387 - 392

PubMed ID

  • 25968047

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4450124

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1872-6232

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2015.04.008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland