Who should not take H.P. Acthar Gel?

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People who should not take H.P. Acthar Gel, a prescription drug given by injection to treat several different types of conditions, may include the following:
  • people who are allergic to H.P. Acthar Gel or who are allergic to pork
  • anyone who has been diagnosed with primary adrenocortical insufficiency or adrenocortical hyperfunction
  • children under age 2 years who have certain infections
  • people who have the following conditions: scleroderma, osteoporosis, some fungal infections, herpes simplex infections of the eye, history of or current peptic ulcer, congestive heart failure or uncontrolled high blood pressure 
  • anyone who has recently had surgery
  • anyone who has just received certain vaccinations
  • pregnant women (H.P. Acthar Gel may harm a fetus and is recommended only if the benefits to the woman outweigh the potential risks to the unborn baby)
Other people may also not be good candidates for treatment with H.P. Acthar Gel. Talk to your doctor for more information about this drug and whether it is recommended for you.