How do medications treat carcinoid syndrome?

Medications treat carcinoid syndrome in a number of different ways. Some medications slow tumor growth, such as Sandostatin (ocreotide), and interferon alpha, which reduce the speed of tumor growth by making your immune system work harder. Chemotherapy can decrease the size of your tumors. There are also a number of medications available to reduce the symptoms of carcinoid syndrome, although they will not cure the underlying cancer. These medicationsinclude codeine, prednisone, and phenothiazines.

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