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When should I call my doctor if I am taking H.P. Acthar Gel?

If you are taking H.P. Acthar Gel, you should call your doctor before you take any other medications (prescription or nonprescription) or any supplements, to minimize the risk of interactions. You should also call your doctor if there is any change in your health status, especially if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, high blood pressure, scleroderma, congestive heart failure, a herpes eye infection, a fungal infection or a peptic ulcer.

If you are pregnant, considering becoming pregnant or are breastfeeding, talk to your doctor, because H.P. Acthar Gel may be dangerous to your baby. If you miss a dose of your medicine, call your doctor to find out what to do.

You should also call your doctor if you experience any of the following while taking H.P. Acthar Gel:
  • eye pain or vision changes
  • signs of possible allergic reaction (skin itching, hives, facial or hand swelling, swelling of mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing)
  • upper body weight gain, particularly around the neck
  • increased thirst, dry mouth
  • high blood pressure
  • irregular heartbeat
  • needing to urinate more or less frequently than usual
  • headaches, seizures, light-headedness
  • back pain 
  • shortness of breath
  • excessive sweating
  • blue-tinged skin
  • stomach pain, nausea, vomiting
  • fever
  • ulcers in stomach or elsewhere in the gastrointestinal tract
  • swelling in your hands, ankles or feet

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