Is Pregnancy Safe for Women with Carcinoid on Somatostatin (Octreotide)

Last Modified: January 7, 2013


Can a woman with carcinoid ever become pregnant? Is somatostatin safe during pregnancy?


Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN OncoLink Nurse Educator responds.

Octreotide is not thought to be harmful to an unborn baby. However, you should talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Using octreotide can affect certain hormones (it blocks excess growth hormone) that may make it easier for you to get pregnant, even if you were unable to get pregnant before. Keep this in mind, as you may need to use birth control to avoid pregnancy.

It is not known whether octreotide passes into breast milk. Ask your doctor about using octreotide if you are breast-feeding.

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series. View the entire transcript from the Focus on Neuroendocrine Tumors Webchat.