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Corticotropin is a polypeptide hormone produced and secreted by the pituitary gland. Corticotropin acts through the stimulation of cell surface the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) receptors, which are primarily located on the adrenocortical cells. Corticotropin stimulates the cortex of the adrenal gland and boosts the synthesis of corticosteroids, mainly glucocorticoids but also sex steroids (androgens). Corticotropin is indicated as monotherapy for the treatment of exacerbations of multiple sclerosis in adults and infantile spasms in infants and children under 2 years of age. Controlled clinical trials have shown Corticotropin to be effective in speeding the resolution of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis. However, there is no evidence that it affects the ultimate outcome or natural history of the disease. The mechanism of action of Corticotropin in the treatment of infantile spasms is unknown.

Approval Year

Conditions

Conditions

ConditionModalityTargetsHighest PhaseProduct
Primary
ACTHAR

Approved Use

H.P. Acthar Gel is an adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) analogue indicated as monotherapy for the treatment of infantile spasms in infants and children under 2 years of age; H.P. Acthar Gel is indicated for the treatment of exacerbations of multiple sclerosis in adults; H.P. Acthar Gel may be used for the following disorders and diseases: rheumatic; collagen; dermatologic; allergic states; ophthalmic; respiratory; and edematous state.

Launch Date

-6.1534077E11
Primary
ACTHAR

Approved Use

H.P. Acthar Gel is an adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) analogue indicated as monotherapy for the treatment of infantile spasms in infants and children under 2 years of age; H.P. Acthar Gel is indicated for the treatment of exacerbations of multiple sclerosis in adults; H.P. Acthar Gel may be used for the following disorders and diseases: rheumatic; collagen; dermatologic; allergic states; ophthalmic; respiratory; and edematous state.

Launch Date

-6.1534077E11
PubMed

PubMed

TitleDatePubMed
[Neuropsychiatric complications caused by cortisone and ACTH. (Clinico-social considerations)].
1968 Apr-Jun
Reversible cerebral atrophy and corticotrophin.
1979 Jul 28
Transient brain shrinkage in infantile spasms after ACTH treatment. Report of two cases.
1980 Feb
Cerebral atrophy following ACTH therapy.
1980 Feb
Aicardi's syndrome: are corticosteroids teratogens?
1981 Jan
[Collateral transient behavioural changes during ACTH therapy in infantile generalized epilepsy (author's transl)].
1981 Mar-Jun
Sequential CT studies of 24 children with infantile spasms on ACTH therapy.
1983 Aug
'Dystonia'-like postural asymmetry after microinjection of ACTH N-terminal fragments but not after ACTH1-39 in rat brainstem suggests role of neuropeptide mutation in genetic movement disorder.
1984 Feb 27
Acute-onset transient hydrocephalus after suspension of ACTH therapy for infantile spasms: a case report.
1984 Jun
Administration of ACTH to suckling rats results in hyperkinetic behavior.
1986
[Long-term prognosis of infantile spasms after standard ACTH treatment in Japan].
1986 Sep
ACTH and vasopressin responses to insulin-induced hypoglycemia in intact and neurohypophysectomized conscious dogs.
1991 Jan
Activity of adenosine deaminase in red blood cells of patients suffering from multiple sclerosis treated with adrenocorticotropic hormone.
1995 Nov-Dec
Effects of chronic 'Binge' cocaine administration on plasma ACTH and corticosterone levels in mice deficient in DARPP-32.
1999 Sep
Association of exaggerated HPA axis response to the initial injection of interferon-alpha with development of depression during interferon-alpha therapy.
2003 Jul
Integrated hemodynamic, hormonal, and renal actions of urocortin 2 in normal and paced sheep: beneficial effects in heart failure.
2005 Dec 6
Therapeutic efficacy and adverse effects of adrenocorticotropic hormone therapy in west syndrome: differences in dosage of adrenocorticotropic hormone, onset of age, and cause.
2006 Apr
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation impairs cortisol response to stress in rainbow trout by disrupting the rate-limiting steps in steroidogenesis.
2006 Apr
Repeated electroconvulsive stimuli increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor in ACTH-treated rats.
2006 Jan 4
Sex specific associations between common glucocorticoid receptor gene variants and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis responses to psychosocial stress.
2007 Oct 15
Effects of imipramine and bupropion on the duration of immobility of ACTH-treated rats in the forced swim test: involvement of the expression of 5-HT2A receptor mRNA.
2008 Feb
Partial 17alpha-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase deficiency-clinical report of five Chinese 46,XX cases.
2008 Jul
Long-term weekly ACTH therapy for relapsed West syndrome.
2008 Jun
Chronic coadministration of carbamazepine together with imipramine produces antidepressant-like effects in an ACTH-induced animal model of treatment-resistant depression: involvement of 5-HT(2A) receptors?
2008 May
Malignant pituitary corticotroph adenomas: report of two cases and a comprehensive review of the literature.
2009
The role of ether-a-go-go-related gene K(+) channels in glucocorticoid inhibition of adrenocorticotropin release by rat pituitary cells.
2009 Jan 8

Sample Use Guides

The usual dose of Corticotropin is 40-80 units given intramuscularly or subcutaneously every 24-72 hours.
Route of Administration: Other
Name Type Language
CORTICOTROPIN
GREEN BOOK   INN   ORANGE BOOK   USP   VANDF   WHO-DD  
INN  
Official Name English
CORTROPHIN
Brand Name English
CORTICOTROPIN [ORANGE BOOK]
Common Name English
ADRENOCORTICOTROPHIN
HPUS  
Common Name English
CORTICOTROPIN [USP-RS]
Common Name English
25-ASP-30-GLN-CORTICOTROPIN PORCINE
Common Name English
ACTH [MI]
Common Name English
CORTICOTROPIN [VANDF]
Common Name English
CORTICOTROPIN (ACTH)
Common Name English
ACTHAR
Brand Name English
ACTH
MI  
Brand Name English
CORTICOTROPIN [USP]
Common Name English
CORTICOTROPHIN
Common Name English
ADRENOCORTICOTROPIC HORMONE
Common Name English
CORTICOTROPIN [INN]
Common Name English
CORTICOTROPIN [GREEN BOOK]
Common Name English
ADRENOCORTICOTROPHIN [HPUS]
Common Name English
CORTICOTROPIN [WHO-DD]
Common Name English
PURIFIED CORTROPHIN GEL
Brand Name English
.ALPHA.1-39-CORTICOTROPIN (SWINE), 25-L-ASPARTIC ACID-30-L-GLUTAMINE
Common Name English
Classification Tree Code System Code
FDA ORPHAN DRUG 399113
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CFR 21 CFR 862.1025
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LOINC 14674-6
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WHO-VATC QH01AA01
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LOINC 15042-5
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LOINC 2141-0
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NDF-RT N0000006478
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FDA ORPHAN DRUG 168103
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NDF-RT N0000006478
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LOINC 6879-1
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NDF-RT N0000006478
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LOINC 2140-2
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LOINC 16652-0
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NDF-RT N0000006478
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LOINC 66732-9
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NDF-RT N0000175941
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WHO-ATC H01AA01
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NDF-RT N0000006478
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Code System Code Type Description
EVMPD
SUB01465MIG
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CAS
12427-33-7
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DRUG BANK
DB01285
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FDA UNII
K0U68Q2TXA
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RXCUI
376
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PRIMARY RxNorm
ChEMBL
CHEMBL1201610
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LACTMED
Corticotropin
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INN
1366
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DRUG CENTRAL
4931
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USP_CATALOG
1149004
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PRIMARY USP-RS
IUPHAR
3633
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MERCK INDEX
M1395
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NCI_THESAURUS
C212
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PUBCHEM
16132265
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MESH
D000324
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