A 32 year old man has who has a history of heavy alcohol intake presents with hematemesis and melena. On admission, he was in a preshock state with severe anemia and was resuscitated with blood and fresh frozen plasma. Endoscopic examination identified bleeding from the varices in the second portion of the duodenum.
Which one of the following drugs can be used for treatment?
Somatostatin and its derivative, octreotide, are often used for emergency treatment of bleeding oesophageal varices in patients with cirrhosis of the liver. It is given intravenously.