I'm kind of amazed that this one has escaped my attention until now. I thought that I knew the list of treatments for multiple sclerosis relapses, the choices being: Solu-Medrol (usually), plasma exchange (for severe cases that are not responding to Solu-Medrol) or intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), which is very rarely used.
Acthar Gel, aka adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), is a new one to me. When I first saw this article, Acthar Gel Prescriptions on the Rise, I assumed that it was something that was being used off-label for MS relapses. A little research revealed that it was FDA-approved specifically for treating MS relapses in 1978.
Apparently, there was a period when it was difficult to get in the US, but now it is more readily available.
Acthar Gel is recommended for people who have not responded to or cannot tolerate Solu-Medrol, or for people whose veins cannot handle infusions (Acthar is administered by intramuscular injection for a couple of weeks, usually by the patient).
I do intend to look into this drug a little more, but am interested to know from any of you: Has your neurologist ever recommended Acthar Gel? Have you ever tried it? What was it like? What else can you tell us about your experience with Acthar Gel? Please share with us in the comment section below.