CORTICOTROPIN is a Schedule H drug.
Corticotropin is a man-made form of a hormone that occurs naturally in the body.Corticotropin is also used to treat many different conditions such as multiple sclerosis, psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus, severe allergic reactions, breathing disorders, and inflammatory conditions of the eyes. Corticotropin is also used to treat infantile spasms in children younger than 2 years old.Corticotropin can reduce the symptoms of many disorders, but it is not a cure for these conditions. Corticotropin is also not expected to slow the progress of any disease.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.


CORTICOTROPIN is generally used to treat: Infantile Spasms, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it safe on my liver?
A: Check with your Doctor first

Q: Is it safe on my kidney?
A: Check with your Doctor first

Q: Can I take it with alcohol?
A: Not Safe

Q: Is it safe for children?
A: Not Advised for age < 2yrs

Q: Can it be taken during pregnancy?
A: Not enough studies to prove Risk – Ask your Doctor

Q: Is it safe to take for someone breastfeeding?
A: Check with your Doctor first

How Do I Take It?

Route of Administration: IM (Intra-Mascular)


  • 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
  • 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.

Symptoms of Overdosage

CORTICOTROPIN over-dosage can result in: Irregular Menstrual Periods

Common Side-Effects

CORTICOTROPIN : Seizure, Impaired Glucose Tolerance, Blood Pressure, High, Decreased Appetite, Weight Gain, Mood Swings, Inappropriate Behavior

Serious Side-Effects

CORTICOTROPIN : Dizziness, Diarrhoea, Pimples, Back Pain, Eyes Blurred Vision, Chest Pain, Cough, Body Pain, Difficulty Breathing, Ear Ache, Fever, Head Headache, Increased Thirst, Restless Or Irritability, Loss Of Voice, Irregular Menstrual Periods, Frequent Urination, Runny Nose, Nervousness, Shortness Of Breath, Wheezing, Rapid Heart Rate (pulse), Throat Soreness, Ears Swelling

Disease Interactions

CORTICOTROPIN can interfere with: Tuberculosis, Adrenal Insufficiency, Osteoporosis, Peptic Ulcer, Scleroderma, Vaccination, Cirrhosis, Depression, Diabetes Mellitus, Hypothyroidism, Myasthenia Gravis, Myopathy, Thromboembolism

Technical Classification


Storage Conditions

Refrigeration (Between 2 To 8 C)

Available Alternatives

Common Drugs with CORTICOTROPIN as Ingredient