Corticotropin

 

General English name: Corticotropin

Brand: Acthar Gel, H.P. , Acthar, ACTH-80, ACTH-40 HP

Application: Spasm in infants

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pharmaceutical forms of corticotropin

Corticotropin Drug Information

Dosage and method of corticotropin

Contraindications to corticotropin

Corticotropin use during pregnancy and lactation

The effect of corticotropin on driving and working with machines

Corticotropin drug interactions

Special warnings and precautions while taking corticotropin

Side effects of corticotropin

Corticotropin overdose (drug poisoning)

Storage conditions of corticotropin

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Pharmaceutical forms of corticotropin

  • Ampoule

 

Corticotropin Drug Information

Corticotropin ampules are a homemade form of the hormone corticotropin (the natural hormone of the anterior pituitary gland (ACTH)) that can stimulate corticosteroids by stimulating the cortical part of the adrenal gland. Corticotropin is used as a diagnostic agent for adrenal function and to treat infantile spasm in infants less than 2 years of age.

Corticotropin ampules are also used to treat many different diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatism, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, severe allergic reactions, respiratory disorders and inflammatory eye diseases.

Corticotropin can reduce the symptoms of many disorders, but it is not a cure for these diseases, it also does not slow the progression of the disease.

 

Dosage and method of corticotropin

  • Read the package leaflet carefully before starting treatment with this medicine. This brochure will help you to get comprehensive information about the drug and its possible side effects.
  • The dose and amount of corticotropin varies from person to person; Use the medicine exactly as your doctor advised. It is usually given daily or every 2-3 days.
  • Corticotropin ampules should be given as an intramuscular or intravenous injection.
  • Corticotropin should be refrigerated and allowed to warm to room temperature before injection.
  • If you forget to take your daily dose at the right time, call your doctor for advice.

 

Contraindications to corticotropin

  • Note the expiration date of the corticotropin drug and do not take it if it has expired.
  • Never give corticotropin to another person, even if you have the same symptoms.
  • Check for drug interactions with corticotropin, and if you are taking a drug that interacts with this drug, talk to your doctor about using your medications.
  • You should not use this ampule if you have adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease), scleroderma, fungal infections, eye infections, osteoporosis, stomach ulcers, heart failure, uncontrolled high blood pressure, recent surgery, or a pig protein allergy. do.

 

Corticotropin use during pregnancy and lactation

During pregnancy and lactation, you should not use the drug arbitrarily and without consulting your doctor. Medications can have devastating effects on the fetus or on yourself.

 

The effect of corticotropin on driving and working with machines

Corticotropin can make you feel unwell, so make sure you are alert before driving or operating machinery.

 

Corticotropin drug interactions

Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter and herbal medicines) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.

Do not get the "live" vaccine while taking corticotropin. The vaccine may not work during this time or it may not completely cure you of the disease. Live vaccines include the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, polio vaccine, rotavirus, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella zoster (shingles), and swine flu.

 

Special warnings and precautions while taking corticotropin

Some medications may not be prescribed under certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best to let your doctor know the following before taking this medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding your baby.
  • If you have liver and kidney problems.
  • If you have diabetes.
  • If you have high blood pressure.
  • If you have thyroid problems.
  • If you have a history of cardiovascular problems.
  • If you have a digestive problem.
  • If you have mental health problems (such as depression).
  • If you have muscle disease (myasthenia gravis).
  • If you are taking diuretic pills.
  • If you are taking certain medications. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor's prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.
  • If you have a history of an allergic reaction to a drug.

 

Side effects of corticotropin

All medications can cause side effects. But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some of the side effects go away after a short time of taking the medicine. In case of persistent side effects, the physician should be informed:

  • Fluid retention in the body (swelling in the hands or feet)
  • Mood swings, irritability
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight Gain

Important Note: If you notice allergic symptoms such as shortness of breath, hot flashes, fever, redness or swelling of the throat and face, see a doctor immediately.

Consult your doctor if you have any other symptoms that you feel may be due to corticotropin use.

 

Corticotropin overdose (drug poisoning)

Do not take more than the dose prescribed by your doctor.

If you feel that someone has been poisoned and you have symptoms such as shortness of breath, fainting and weakness (fainting), call the emergency room immediately.

 

Storage conditions of corticotropin

  • Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the medicine in the refrigerator, away from heat and direct sunlight.

 

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