Adrenocorticotropic Hormone

Description

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone is used for the treatment of various disorders such as multiple sclerosis, infantile spasms, rheumatic disorders, collagen diseases, and other dermatological disorders. This medicine is not recommended for intravenous administration of use.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Adrenocorticotropic Hormone

  • Fluid Retention
  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness
  • Back pain
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Acne
  • Diarrhea
  • Nasal congestion
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Convulsions (seizures)

Uses of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone

What is it prescribed for?

  • Ophthalmic diseases
  • Rheumatic disorders
  • Dermatological disorders
  • Collagen diseases
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Serum sickness
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Infantile spasms (West syndrome)
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 3-12 hours of intramuscular or subcutaneous administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 3 days.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No-habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to pork proteins, or any other inactive ingredients present in the formulation.

Systemic fungal infections

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from systemic fungal infections due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Osteoporosis

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with osteoporosis due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Ocular herpes simplex

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with ocular herpes simplex infection due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before receiving this medicine.
General warnings

Route of Administration

This medicine is not recommended for intravenous administration. It should be administered only through intramuscularly or subcutaneously by a qualified health care professional.

Behavioural disturbances

Use of this medicine may increase the risk of mood changes including depression and psychosis. Patients should be closely monitored for any change in mood or behavior. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Gastrointestinal disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with gastrointestinal diseases due to the increased risk of gastrointestinal perforation and bleeding. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Other medicines

This medicine may interact with many other medicines and may cause significant side effects. Hence, it is advised that you report all your current medicines to the doctor, including any herbs and supplements, before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Since this medicine is usually administered by a qualified healthcare professional in the clinical/hospital setting, the likelihood of a missed dose is very low.

Overdose

Since this medicine is administered in the hospital or clinical setting by a qualified healthcare professional, the likelihood of an overdose is very low. However, emergency medical treatment will be initiated by the doctor if an overdose is suspected.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Leflunomide

Live cholera vaccine

Adalimumab

Amiodarone

Certolizumab

Natalizumab

Disease interactions

Electrolyte imbalance

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with electrolyte disturbances due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Regular monitoring of electrolyte levels, appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Infections

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with active infections, especially systemic fungal infections, due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Report any unusual symptoms to the doctor on priority. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Diabetes

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with diabetes mellitus due to the increased risk of hyperglycemia. Close monitoring of blood glucose levels, dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Hypothyroidism

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with hypothyroidism, due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Cirrhosis

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with cirrhosis, due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine is usually administered in the clinical/hospital setting under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. Follow all the instructions given by your doctor. Inform the doctor if you have a known allergy to this medicine. Report all your current medicines as well as your medical conditions to the doctor before receiving this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by stimulating the adrenal hormones production in the body which are responsible for various regulatory activities.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Corticotropin

Schedule

Schedule H

Corticotropin - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 7 January 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01285

Corticotropin [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2019 [cited 7 January 2019]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/corticotropin#section=Top

[Internet]. 2019 [cited 7 January 2019]. Available from:

https://www.glowm.com/resources/glowm/cd/pages/drugs/c084.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 12 Sep 2019

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