What should I avoid while taking H.P. Acthar Gel?

While taking H. P. Acthar Gel you should avoid the following:
  • becoming pregnant or breastfeeding. H.P. Acthar Gel may harm an unborn baby, and doctors aren't sure if it can pass into breast milk and harm a breastfeeding baby. If you're taking H.P. Acthar Gel and want to become pregnant or breastfeed, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks.
  • getting vaccinated. Some vaccines may interact with H.P. Acthar Gel, raising your risk of side effects or making the vaccine less effective. Talk to your doctor if you are considering getting any vaccine.
  • taking any other new remedy without consulting your doctor. That includes medication (prescription or over-the-counter) or dietary or herbal supplements.
  • going near people with active, possibly contagious infections. Taking H.P. Acthar Gel may lower your body's ability to fight infections. 
  • injecting the drug incorrectly. H.P. Acthar Gel needs to be injected into a muscle and should not be injected into the skin or a vein. You should warm the refrigerated vial to room temperature, for instance by rolling it in your hands, before injecting the medicine. Your doctor or nurse may give you the injections or show you the correct way to take your medicine to minimize problems. 
  • missing appointments. Your doctor needs to monitor you carefully while you take H.P. Acthar Gel to make sure you are not developing any potentially dangerous side effects and to see how well your body is responding to the drug. Try to schedule appointments as recommended, and don't miss them. If you have any concerns or problems, or notice any side effects of the medication between appointments, call your doctor.