Medicines information

The information in this section describes medicines, how they are given and some of their possible side effects.

If you have any questions or concerns about medications, please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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Multiple sclerosis disease-modifying drugs: second line treatments

Most young people with Multiple sclerosis (MS), who are eligible for treatment, will be offered first line treatments. In certain situations, or if the first line treatments have not worked adequately, then your child may be offered the possibility of trying a second line medication. These medications, like the first line treatments, work by interacting with the immune system and calming the inflammation that is attacking the central nervous system.

Octreotide injections

Octreotide is used at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to treat persistently low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemia) caused by the body producing too much insulin (hyperinsulinism). This information describes octreotide injections, how they are given and some of its side effects.

Pancreatic enzyme replacement in congenital hyperinsulinism

Digestive enzymes are made in the pancreas. The fat, protein and carbohydrate in food is broken down by the enzymes to release nutrients. „„In congenital hyperinsulinism (CHI), if surgery has removed all or part of the pancreas, the food cannot be digested and absorbed by the body. This is called malabsorption and causes loose or oily stools, wind, stomach ache and poor weight gain.