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 4 3
Blurry vision 2 1
Systemic lupus erythematosus 2 5
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 2

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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
Severe
9
Moderate
17
Mild
21
None
15

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Corticotropin

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 4
Weight gain 4
Anxious mood 2
Diarrhea 2
Rashes (redness, swelling) 2
Abdominal bloating 1

Show all 48 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Corticotropin

Dosage Patients
80 units monthly 2
80 units daily 2
1 mL m,w,f 1
80 units weekly 1
80 units m,w,f 1
40 units daily 1
240 units m,w,f 1
80unt/ml as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Corticotropin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 37
Did not seem to work 8
Side effects too severe 7
Doctor's advice 6
Other 3
Expense 1
See all 56 patients who've stopped taking Corticotropin

Duration

Currently taking Corticotropin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Corticotropin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 43
1 - 6 months 8
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 56
Usually 0
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 17
A little hard to take 17
Not at all hard to take 25
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 2
< $25 31
Not specified 16

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Corticotropin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 4
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Belimumab (Benlysta) 1
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Corticotropin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Azathioprine (Imuran) 1
Cyclosporine (Neoral) 1
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 1
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 1
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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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