for SYMPTOMATIC SARCOIDOSIS

Acthar is a prescription medicine for people with symptomatic sarcoidosis.

Acthar is a prescription medicine for people with symptomatic sarcoidosis.

Downloads and Useful Links

While treating symptomatic sarcoidosis with Acthar, it’s good to know about all the no-cost resources that are available to you for additional information and support.

Downloadable Information

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Patient Brochure

This brochure provides valuable information about symptomatic sarcoidosis.

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Injection Guide

This guide helps you with treatment by walking you through every step of the injection process.

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Treatment Journal

Use this tool to keep track of your Acthar treatment and jot down questions for your healthcare provider.

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Acthar Dose Conversion Chart

This guide provides dose conversion from units to milliliters (mL). It can help you more easily figure out how much medication to draw up into your syringe.

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Staying on Acthar

This guide offers tips and reminders to help you start and stay on Acthar.

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Financial Assistance Information Sheet

A guide to sources of financial assistance for Acthar patients.

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ActharPACT Brochure

This brochure informs you about the ActharPACT (Patient & Acthar Coaching Team) program, which provides helpful reminders, coaching, and support from trained nurses at no cost to you.

Useful Links

These independent organizations can provide you with more information about sarcoidosis:

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National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

A national organization that is dedicated to promoting the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases through research, educational programs, and training.

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Sarcoidosis Center—Cleveland Clinic

An online resource that provides useful, up-to-date information and tools that reflect the expertise of the Cleveland Clinic.

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Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research

A nonprofit organization that is the leader in providing resources for research to be conducted, as well as helpful treatment information. There are also links and information to help you find a local support group or start your own support group.

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American Lung Association

An organization dedicated to improving lung health and supporting medical research for a variety of lung diseases.

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Get Reimbursement Support

Learn how you can get help paying for Acthar. Learn more >

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Watch Injection Training Videos

Watch videos about storing, preparing, and injecting Acthar. Go >

Important Safety Information

DO NOT take Acthar until you have talked to your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

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Important Safety Information

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DO NOT take Acthar until you have talked to your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • A skin condition called scleroderma
  • Bone density loss or osteoporosis
  • Any infections, including fungal, bacterial, or viral
  • Eye infections, such as ocular herpes simplex
  • Had recent surgery
  • Stomach ulcers or a history of stomach ulcers
  • Heart failure
  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Allergies to pig-derived proteins
  • Have been given or are about to receive a live or live attenuated vaccine
  • Suspected congenital infections (in children under 2 years of age)
  • If you have been told that you have Cushing’s syndrome or Addison’s disease

Tell your doctor about any other health problems that you have. Give your doctor a complete list of medicines you are taking. Include all nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements that you are taking.

What is the most important information I should know about Acthar?

  • Never inject Acthar directly into a vein
  • Always inject Acthar beneath the skin or into the muscle
  • Follow your doctor’s instructions for injecting Acthar
  • Never stop treatment suddenly unless your doctor tells you to do so
  • Try not to miss any scheduled doctor’s appointments. It is important for the doctor to monitor you while taking Acthar

Acthar and corticosteroids have similar side effects.

  • You may be more likely to get new infections. Also, old infections may become active. Tell your doctor if you see any signs of an infection. Contact your doctor at the first sign of an infection or fever. Signs of infection are fever, cough, vomiting, or diarrhea. Other signs may be flu or any open cuts or sores
  • When taking Acthar long term, your adrenal gland may produce too much of a hormone called cortisol. This can result in symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome. This may cause increased upper body fat, a rounded “moon” face, bruising easily, or muscle weakness
  • Sometimes when you stop taking Acthar long term, your body may not produce enough natural cortisol. This is called “adrenal insufficiency.” Your doctor may prescribe a steroid medicine to protect you until the adrenal gland recovers
  • You might develop high blood pressure, or retain too much fluid. As a result of this, your doctor may recommend some changes to your diet, such as eating less salt and taking certain supplements
  • Vaccines may not work well when you are on Acthar. Talk to your doctor about which vaccines are safe to use when you are taking Acthar
  • Acthar may hide symptoms of other diseases. This can make it more difficult for your doctor to make a diagnosis if something else is going on
  • Stomach or intestinal problems. Acthar may increase the risk of bleeding stomach ulcers. Tell your doctor if you have stomach pains, bloody vomit, bloody or black stools, excessive tiredness, increased thirst, difficulty breathing, or increased heart rate
  • Taking Acthar can make you feel irritable or depressed. You may also have mood swings or trouble sleeping
  • If you have other conditions, such as diabetes or muscle weakness, you may find they get worse
  • You might develop certain eye conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or optic nerve damage
  • Your body may develop allergies to Acthar. Signs of allergic reaction are:
    • Skin rash and itching
    • Swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat
    • Trouble breathing
  • Long-term Acthar use can affect growth and physical development in children. This can be reversed when Acthar is no longer needed
  • Acthar may cause osteoporosis (weak bones)
  • Acthar might harm an unborn baby. Therefore, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant

What are the most common side effects of Acthar?

The most common side effects of Acthar are similar to those of steroids. They include:

  • Fluid retention
  • High blood sugar
  • High blood pressure
  • Behavior and mood changes
  • Changes in appetite and weight

These are not all of the possible side effects of Acthar.

Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you, or that does not go away. Call your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA. Call 1-800-FDA-1088 or visit www.fda.gov/medwatch. You may also report side effects by calling 1-800-778-7898.

Please see full Prescribing Information.