Acthar Gel, H.P.

Name: Acthar Gel, H.P.

What is Acthar Gel, H.P. (corticotropin)?

Corticotropin is a man-made form of a hormone that occurs naturally in the body.

Corticotropin is also used to treat many different conditions such as multiple sclerosis, psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, severe allergic reactions, breathing disorders, and inflammatory conditions of the eyes. Corticotropin is also used to treat infantile spasms in children younger than 2 years old.

Corticotropin can reduce the symptoms of many disorders, but it is not a cure for these conditions. Corticotropin is also not expected to slow the progress of any disease.

Corticotropin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose of corticotropin.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

An overdose of corticotropin is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, slow wound healing, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.