How can I minimize the side effects of H.P. Acthar Gel?

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You can minimize the side effects of H.P. Acthar Gel by taking the medication exactly as your doctor instructs and maintaining good communication with your doctor. It's also a good idea to steer clear of people who are sick, if you're able to do that, because the drug may lower your resistance to illness.

Call your doctor at the first sign of any symptoms you may have, especially potentially serious side effects, including:
  • signs of allergy (hives, itching skin, swollen face, mouth, throat and/or hands or trouble breathing)
  • upper body weight gain
  • sudden and severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting
  • severe back pain
  • severe headache, seizures or light-headedness
  • blurred vision or eye pain
H.P. Acthar Gel may change how well your body manages blood sugar and may also increase your risk for osteoporosis, the bone-weakening disease. In some people, taking H.P. Acthar Gel may change the balance of salt and potassium in their bodies. Talk to your doctor about whether you need to make any dietary changes to minimize your risk for these problems.