Cortrosyn (Cosyntropin) is used as part of a medical test called an ACTH stimulation test. This test can help your doctor diagnose adrenal gland disorders such as Addison's disease, Cushing syndrome, or hypopituitarism (failure of the pituitary gland to produce hormones correctly). Cortrosyn is a synthetic version of a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal glands to release a hormone called cortisol. Cortrosyn is used to see how well the adrenal glands are working. A nurse or any other healthcare professional will give you this medicine.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the brand Cortrosyn from Canada by Amphastar Pharmaceuticals. Cortrosyn Powder for injectable solution is available in the strength of 0.25 mg/ 1 vial. The generic alternative is currently unavailable.
Common side effects of Cortrosyn may include an allergic reaction; fast or slow heartbeats; increased blood pressure; rash; or swelling in your hands or feet. Call your doctor immediately if you notice more serious side effects such as:
• Fast or slow heartbeat;
• Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight;
• Swelling in the arms or legs
This is not a complete list of side effects, and others may occur. Contact your doctor if any of these side effects worsen or persist.
Do not use Cortrosyn if you are allergic to corticotrophins; hypersensitive to this drug or to any ingredient in the formulation. To help avoid side effects and ensure proper use, talk to your healthcare professional before you take Cortrosyn. Talk about any health conditions or problems you may have, including if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including any drugs, vitamins, minerals, natural supplements or alternative medicines. The medicines that may interact with Cortrosyn include hydrocortisone; estrogen containing products. Because of the possibility of an allergic reaction Cortrosyn should only be given under medical supervision.
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