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Treating Pituitary Conditions with Medication

If you have a pituitary disorder, your hormones could be out of balance. You might need medication and surgery to reduce symptoms and improve function.

Doctors at the OHSU Northwest Pituitary Center are familiar with new medications to treat pituitary disorders as well as older treatments. Some new medications are very effective at treating pituitary conditions that were previously treated with surgery. If you cannot have surgery or want to avoid it, medication may be a good option. Medications such as:

  • somatostatin analogues (octreotide (e.g., Sandostatin) and lanreotide (e.g., Somatuline)
  • growth hormone antagonists (Pegvisomant)
  • dopamine agonists to control excess secretion of prolactin

Some medications control pituitary disorders so well that you can stop taking them after some time. The OHSU Northwest Pituitary Center has two doctors who are experts in treating pituitary disorders with medication. They will work with you to determine the best medication and dose to reduce symptoms and improve function. Our experts can often tell you how well the drug will work and how long you will probably need to take it.