Accessing Acthar® Gel (repository corticotropin injection) to treat Infantile Spasms

April 16, 2020


Treatment of infantile spasms in infants and children under 2 years of age.

Acthar is given as an injection into the muscle. Do not inject it under the skin, into a vein, or give it to your child by mouth.


DO NOT take Acthar until you have talked to your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

·       A skin condition called scleroderma

·       Bone density loss or osteoporosis

·       Any infections, including fungal, bacterial, or viral

·       Eye infections, such as ocular herpes simplex

·       Had recent surgery

·       Stomach ulcers or a history of stomach ulcers

·       Heart failure

·       Uncontrolled high blood pressure

·       Allergies to pig-derived proteins

·       Have been given or are about to receive a live or live attenuated vaccine

·       Suspected congenital infections (in children under 2 years of age)

·       If you have been told that you have Cushing’s syndrome or Addison’s disease

Tell your doctor about any other health problems that you have. Give your doctor a complete list of medicines you are taking.