- Acthar is a prescription medication containing the hormone adrenocorticotropin ("a-DRE-no-cor-ti-co-tro-pin"), also known as ACTH.
- Acthar is designed to provide a prolonged release of the medication after it is injected.
- Acthar works by helping the body produce natural steroid hormones to reduce inflammation.
- The recommended dose is daily intramuscular or subcutaneous doses of 80-120 units for 2-3 weeks for acute exacerbations.
- Dosage should be individualized according to the medical condition of each patient. Frequency and dose of the drug should be determined by considering the severity of the disease and the initial response of the patient.
- Your healthcare provider will determine the specific dosage that is best for you.
- ^ H.P. Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection), prescribing information, Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.