Adrenocorticotropic Hormone

Adrenocorticotropic hormone is available in Canada only by prescription.

Known as

ACTH, Corticotropin, Cortitrophin


Adrenocorticotropic hormone is used to treat West’s Syndrome (infantile spasms) during the child’s first year of life.

How to Use

Adrenocorticotropic hormone is administered by IV injection by your doctor, usually for periods of up to six weeks.

Side Effects

The most common reaction to ACTH is allergic hypersensitivity. (Anaphylactic reactions have been reported.) If used for long periods, other reactions may include stomach upset and slow growth in children.


Skin testing prior to treatment is recommended. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should contact their doctor as soon as pregnancy or birth occurs.


Intravenous injection only.

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