How does Acthar work?
How does Acthar Gel work? Acthar Gel works by stimulating the outer layer of cells of the adrenal gland, promoting the production of natural hormones that reduce inflammation.
Is Acthar ACTH?
Description. H.P. Acthar Gel is a highly purified preparation of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in a gel that is designed to provide extended release of the ACTH following injection. ACTH stimulates the adrenal cortex gland to secrete cortisol, corticosterone, and aldosterone.
Is Acthar a hormone?
Adrenocorticotrophic hormone (Acthar®, H.P. Acthar Gel®) is also called corticotropin or systemic corticotropin. It belongs to a group of proteins in your body called melanocortins. It regulates the function of your adrenal cortex and influences your body’s secretion of steroid hormones.
What drug class is Acthar Gel?
H.P. Acthar Gel is a prescription medicine used to treat the symptoms of Nephrotic Syndrome, Acute Exacerbations of Multiple Sclerosis and Verification of Adrenal Responsiveness. H.P. Acthar Gel may be used alone or with other medications. H.P. Acthar Gel belongs to a class of drugs called Corticosteroids.
Is Acthar a corticosteroid?
Acthar is not a steroid, but it does cause actions in your body in a manner similar to steroids. Acthar produces natural steroid hormones that are important in the control of blood pressure, glucose (sugar) metabolism, and immune responses such as inflammation (swelling).
Is ACTH a drug?
Adrenocorticotropic hormone is used as a medication and as diagnostic agent in the ACTH stimulation test. The form that is purified from pig pituitary glands is known as corticotropin is a medication and naturally occurring polypeptide tropic hormone produced and secreted by the anterior pituitary gland.
Where can I get Acthar?
Delivery. Acthar Gel is delivered by your Specialty Pharmacy. Acthar Patient Support works with your Specialty Pharmacy to begin the delivery process so you don’t have to.
Does Acthar Gel cause weight gain?
Acthar Gel (corticotropin) can cause high blood pressure, unexplained weight gain, and other changes in the way your kidneys work. It can also change the potassium, sodium, and calcium levels in your body.
Can you drink on Acthar?
This medicine may cause stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol while using this medicine may increase your risk for stomach bleeding. Limit alcoholic beverages. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
What animal protein is Acthar contraindicated?
H.P. Acthar Gel is contraindicated in patients with scleroderma, osteoporosis, systemic fungal infections, ocular herpes simplex, recent surgery, history of or the presence of a peptic ulcer, congestive heart failure, uncontrolled hypertension, or sensitivity to proteins of porcine origin.
What are the side effects of Acthar?
Side effects of H.P. Acthar Gel include:
- stomach ulcers, and.
- changes in mood and behavior such as irritability or depression,
- trouble sleeping,
- dry skin,
- thinning skin,
- bruising or discoloration,