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Corticorelin (Ovine) Solution for injection

It is used to find the cause of high cortisol levels in the blood

Generic Name: corticorelin

Brand Names: Acthrel

What is this medicine?

CORTICORELIN, OVINE is a diagnostic aid. It is used to find the cause of high cortisol levels in the blood.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to corticorelin, ovine, sheep proteins, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • dexamethasone
  • heparin
  • vasopressin

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Any side effects you might experience should go away quite quickly after the infusion is finished. Tell your doctor or health care professional if any side effects last for more than 24 hours.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • fast or pounding heartbeat
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • chest tightness
  • dizzy
  • flushing

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: March 31, 2009
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