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Composition FOR ACTON

Corticotropin(60 iu)

food interaction for ACTON

alcohol interaction for ACTON

pregnancy interaction for ACTON

lactation interaction for ACTON

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Acton 60 iu injection at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Acton 60 iu injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Corticotropin(60 iu)


Acton 60 iu injection is used in the treatment of infantile spasms (a type of seizure in children)

How it works

Acton 60 iu injection is an adrenocorticotropic hormone analogue. It works by stimulating cortex of the adrenal gland to produce more adrenocortical hormones like corticosteroids and glucocorticoids which have anti-inflammatory and other regulatory activities in body.

Common side effects

Nervousness, Frequent urge to urinate, Excessive thirst, Abnormal hair growth on a women face and body, Aphonia (loss of voice), Blurred vision, Body ache, Tachycardia, Slow heart rate, Chest pain, Chest tightness, Cough, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Ear congestion, Ear pain, Fatigue, Weakness, Fracture, Headache, Irregular menstrual cycle, Irritation, Loss of libido, Loss of muscle mass, Nasal congestion, Running nose, Sneezing, Sore throat, Wheezing, Skin rash, White patches, White spots in the mouth, White patches on the tongue, White spots in the throat, Chills, Fever


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Expert advice FOR ACTON

  • Consult your doctor if you have diabetes, glaucoma (increased pressure inside the eye that causes visual problems), diarrhoea, myasthenia gravis (periodic muscle weakness), low thyroid level, liver cirrhosis (chronic liver disease), patients with risk of osteoporosis (porous and thin bones), have measles, tuberculosis, chickenpox or shingles.
  • Seek medical advice if you suffer from high blood pressure, salt and water retention, signs of infection, heart or gastrointestinal problem after taking corticotropin.
  • Take precautions while withdrawing from corticotropin therapy as you may develop the symptoms of Cushing syndrome (fatigue, loss of appetite, lethargy, weakness, low blood pressure, abdominal pain).
  • Do not take any vaccines during corticotropin treatment.
  • Do not stop corticotropin treatment abruptly and without consulting your doctor. Do not use corticotropin longer than prescribed.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions FOR ACTON


Q. Is corticotropin a steroid, cortisol?
Corticotropin is not a steroid or cortisol

Q. Corticotropin is another name for?
Corticotropin is another name for adrenocorticotropic hormone

Q. Why is corticotropin administered?
Corticotropin is administered to treat infantile spasm (severe fits syndrome) in infants and children under 2 years of age and multiple sclerosis (damaged insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord) in adults. It is also used to treat breathing, blood, arthritis, endocrine, skin or eye problems, bowel inflammation or certain cancers


Content on this page was last updated on 12 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)