H.P. Acthar

Drug List

H.P. Acthar

Drug Name

H.P. Acthar (Repository corticotropin)

Manufactured By

Mallinckrodt Inc.

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

Repository corticotropin injection is used to treat infantile spasms (seizures) in babies and children younger than 2 years of age. It is also used to treat multiple sclerosis in adults. This medicine is also used to treat joint disorders (e.g., psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis); autoimmune diseases (e.g., systemic lupus erythematosus or SLE, polymyositis); and certain conditions of the skin (e.g., erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome), eyes (e.g., keratitis, optic neuritis), and lungs (e.g., sarcoidosis). It is also used to treat certain allergies (e.g., serum sickness) and swelling (edema) of the body.

How To Use

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you or your child this medicine. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin or into one of your muscles. Repository corticotropin injection may sometimes be given at home to patients who do not need to be in the hospital. If you are using this medicine at home, your or your child's doctor will teach you how to prepare and inject the medicine. Be sure that you understand exactly how the medicine is prepared and injected. If your child is receiving repository corticotropin injection to treat infantile spasms, this medicine usually comes with a Medication Guide. It is very important that you read and follow the instructions carefully. Be sure to ask your child's doctor about anything you do not understand. You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas. This will help prevent skin problems from the injections. Take the vial from the refrigerator and let it warm to room temperature before using it. Do not over-pressurize the vial before withdrawing the medicine. Wash your hands before and after using this medicine. Wipe the injection site with a new sterile alcohol wipe and let it dry before giving an injection. Clean the top of the rubber stopper vial with a new sterile alcohol wipe. Use a new needle or syringe to get the prescribed amount of medicine to be injected. Give the medicine the way your doctor has instructed you. Return the vial to the refrigerator after using it.

Side Effects

Check with your doctor right away if you start having severe abdominal or stomach burning, cramps, or pains; bloody or black, tarry stools; constipation or diarrhea; heartburn; indigestion; nausea; or vomiting of material that looks like coffee grounds. These could be symptoms of a serious stomach or bowel problem. This medicine may cause changes in mood and behavior. Check with your doctor if you or your child have trouble sleeping, feeling depressed or irritable, mood swings, or other changes in behavior. Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have any changes to your eyes, such as redness, itching, swelling, or vision changes while you are using this medicine. Your doctor may want you to have your eyes checked by an eye doctor. This medicine may decrease bone mineral density when used for a long time. A low bone mineral density can cause slow growth and may lead to osteoporosis at any age. If you have any questions about this ask your doctor. Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without checking first with your doctor. Your doctor may want you or your child to gradually reduce the amount you are using before stopping it completely. Common side effects: backache, blurred vision, body aches and pain, chest pain, cough, difficulty breathing, dizziness, ear congestion, earache, facial hair on females, fever or chills,fractures full or round face, headache increased thirst or urination, irritability, loss of voice muscle wasting, nasal congestion, nervousness, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, tightness in chest, wheezing. Les common: convulsions- seizures Incidence not known : bruising, bulging soft spot on the head of an infant, change in the ability to see colors, cold, clammy skin, confusion, decreased range of motion, dilated neck veins. This is not a complete list of side effects check with your doctor or pharmacist is you experience others

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive. Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.Rotavirus Vaccine, Live Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.Bupropion Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines. Balofloxacin, Besifloxacin, Ciprofloxacin, Enoxacin , Fleroxacin, Flumequine, Gatifloxacin, Gemifloxacin, Levofloxacin, Licorice, Lomefloxacin, Moxifloxacin, Nadifloxacin, Norfloxacin, Ofloxacin, Pazufloxacin, Pefloxacin, Prulifloxacin, Rufloxacin, Saiboku-To, Sparfloxacin, Tosufloxacin Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco. This is not a complete list of interactions.

In Case of Overdose

In Case of Missed Dose

This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Storage

Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Keep out of the reach of children.