About the treatment process

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Acthar is given as an intramuscular (into a muscle) injection. Your child's doctor will determine the correct dose for this 4-week treatment.

  • Weeks 1 and 2: 2 injections per day
  • Weeks 3 and 4: Your doctor will provide a schedule to gradually reduce the Acthar dose and number of injections

Gradually decreasing the amount of Acthar your baby receives in the second half of treatment helps to avoid adrenal insufficiency. Never stop Acthar suddenly. Call your doctor's office if you miss a dose or if you are considering stopping your child's treatment.

When you receive the shipment of Acthar, store it in the refrigerator at 36°F to 46°F (2°C to 8°C). Warm the vial to room temperature before each injection—either by rolling it between your hands or by holding it under your arm for a few minutes.

It's normal to be nervous about giving an injection to your child. Other parents have learned to do it, and you can too. Remember that intramuscular injections of Acthar help ensure that your baby receives the full and correct dose of the treatment. Never inject Acthar into a vein.

Please review the Important Safety Information below. Also, please review the Medication Guide for all indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, and adverse events related to Acthar.

Learn how to inject Acthar

Your child's doctor will make sure that you are trained to give your child's Acthar injections. You can also learn about the injection process now.

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