Helping doctors diagnose adrenal gland problems (eg, Addison disease, insufficiency due to steroid use, tumors). It may also be used to treat long-term medical conditions that produce swelling that may respond to corticosteroids.
Cortrosyn is a man-made (synthetic) portion of the natural hormone corticotropin (ACTH). It works by stimulating the adrenal cortex to produce and secrete adrenocortical hormones.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Cortrosyn . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Cortrosyn . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Cortrosyn may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Cortrosyn as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Cortrosyn .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Redness or swelling at the injection site.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision; dizziness; headache; irregular heartbeat; severe swelling.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Cortrosyn :
Store Cortrosyn at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Use the contents of the vial promptly after opening. Discard any unused medicine. Keep Cortrosyn out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Cortrosyn . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.