Read the side effects of Corticotropin as described in the medical literature. In case of any doubt consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances
Sodium retention, fluid retention, potassium loss, calcium loss.
Muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass, pathologic fracture of long bones.
Inflammation of pancreas, ulcer in esophagus, abdominal distention, peptic ulcer.
Impaired wound healing, lesions, increased sweating, pigmentation, thin, fragile skin, facial redness, acne.
High blood pressure, heart failure, inflammation of blood vessels.
Central Nervous System
Convulsions, vertigo, headache; increased intracranial pressure with papilledema (optic disc swelling).
Eye and ENT
Glare and decreased visual acuity especially during bright sunlight, increased eye pressure, glaucoma with possible eye nerve damage; protruding eyeball.
Metabolic and Hormonal
Negative nitrogen balance, increase in blood sugar, menstrual irregularities, suppression of growth, Cushingoid state.
Abscess, prolonged use of ACTH may result in antibodies to it and resulting loss of stimulatory effect, thinning of skin.
Other Precautions :
*Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles and syringes.