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Corticotropin is used in the treatment of infantile spasms

How it works

Corticotropin 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

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

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Expert advice

  • 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



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


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


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 10 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)