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Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)

Information

Uses

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is used in the treatment of infantile spasms (a type of seizure in children)

How it works

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is similar to the natural hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It makes the adrenal glands in body to produce certain natural steroids.

Common side effects

Weight gain, Glucose intolerance, Fluid retention, Mood changes, Increased appetite, Behavioural changes, Increased blood pressure

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Content on this page was last updated on 10 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)