What is ACTH?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Corticotropin

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 6 4
Improve mobility 1 2
Optic nerve inflammation (optic neuritis) 1 1
Speech problems 1 2
Systemic lupus erythematosus 1 3

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 4
Mild 1
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with ACTH

Side effect Patients
Abdominal bloating 1
Acute renal failure 1
Flushing 1
Insomnia 1

Why patients stopped taking ACTH

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 5
Did not seem to work 4
Side effects too severe 2
Doctor's advice 1
Other 1
See all 10 patients who've stopped taking ACTH

Duration

Stopped taking ACTH

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 2
1 - 2 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 8
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 4
Not specified 4

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking ACTH after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1

Patients stopped taking ACTH and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Belimumab (Benlysta) 1
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1
Last updated:
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