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Description

Corticotropin, also known as adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that helps regulate metabolism, immune response, and stress levels. Corticotropin is used to treat a variety of conditions, including Addison's disease, Cushing's syndrome, and certain types of cancer.

Common side effects of corticotropin include nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and increased appetite. Other more serious side effects may include depression, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping.

Brand names associated with corticotropin include Acthar, H.P., and Cortrosyn.

Synonyms
  • adrenocorticotrophic hormone
  • adrenocorticotropin
  • corticotrophin
  • corticotropin
  • corticotropinum
Classifications
  • ACTH
  • adrenocortical
  • anterior pituitary
  • diagnostic
  • hormone
  • sport doping

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