What is Corticotropin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Acthar Gel HP ACTH

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A corticosteroid administered by intramuscular or subcutaneous injection, used for acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis. Also used as a diagnostic aid in adrenocortical insufficiency and severe muscle weakness in myasthenia gravis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 24 18
Improve mobility 3 3
Systemic lupus erythematosus 3 5
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 2 3
Blurry vision 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 10
Moderate 20
Mild 21
None 15

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Corticotropin

Side effect Patients Percentage
Insomnia 4
Weight gain 4
Insomnia 3
Anxious mood 2
Diarrhea 2
Rashes (redness, swelling) 2

Show all 42 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Corticotropin

Dosage Patients Percentage
80 units monthly 2
40 units daily 2
80 units daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Corticotropin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 37
Side effects too severe 10
Did not seem to work 9
Doctor's advice 6
Other 3
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 60 patients who've stopped taking Corticotropin

Duration

Currently taking Corticotropin

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 5

Stopped taking Corticotropin

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 43
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 60
Usually 0
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 20
Not at all hard to take 25
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 10
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 33
Not specified 18

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Corticotropin after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 5
Prednisone (Deltasone) 2
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Belimumab (Benlysta) 1
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Corticotropin and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Belimumab (Benlysta) 1
Cyclosporine (Neoral) 1
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 1
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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3 patient evaluations for Corticotropin

Feb 9, 2017 (Started Feb 05, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (rashes (redness, swelling))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 80 units Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 7, 2013 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vitreous detachment, nausea and vomiting)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 80 units Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 29, 2012 (Started Mar 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vitreous detachment)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 20, 2012 (Started Mar 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 80 units Daily
Advice & Tips: First time self injecting w 25g needle. 1 ml of solution for 5 days. It was scary at first but I got used to it. The pain was not in the injection it was the pain after the injection, swelling, aching...like taking a booster shot. Not as bad as I imagined though i doubt I could do this everyday.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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