What is Acicot?
Acicot is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Acicot is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.
Acicot may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Use in diagnosis
Acicot suppression test. Acicot acts on the hypothalamus to reduce output of corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH), but it does not interfere with measurement of cortisol in blood or urine. Normal suppression of cortisol production after administering low Acicot (0.5 mg 6-hourly) indicates that the HPA axis is intact. Failure of suppression implies pathological hypersecretion of ACTH by the pituitary, ectopic ACTH or autonomous secretion of cortisol by the adrenal. Acicot is used because its action is prolonged (24 h). There are several ways of carrying out the test.
How should I take Acicot?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Your dose needs may change due to surgery, illness, stress, or a medical emergency. Tell your doctor about any such situation that affects you.
This medicine can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Acicot.
Do not stop using Acicot suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.
In case of emergency, wear or carry medical identification to let others know you use Acicot.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
For pregnant women
Acicot is a category C pregnancy drug. That means two things:
- Research in animals has shown adverse effects to the fetus when the mother takes the drug.
- There haven’t been enough studies done in humans to be certain how the drug might affect the fetus.
Talk to your doctor if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. This drug should only be used if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.
How to use Acicot
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor. Take with food or milk to prevent stomach upset. Take this medication by mouth with a full glass of water (8 ounces/240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. If you are using the liquid form of the medication, use a medication-measuring device to carefully measure the prescribed dose. Do not use a household spoon.
If you take this medication once daily, take it in the morning before 9 AM. If you are taking this medication every other day or on another schedule besides a daily one, it may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.
The dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Your doctor may attempt to reduce your dose slowly from time to time to minimize side effects.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time(s) each day. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well. Follow the dosing schedule carefully, and take this medication exactly as prescribed.
Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.
Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or worsens.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose of Acicot.
How to take Acicot
- Before starting the treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from ins >
Common Side Effects of Acicot
Increased appetite is one of the commonly reported side effects of Acicot.
Unless it persists or is bothering you, it does not warrant medical attention. Your appetite may return to normal again once your body adjusts to the medicine.
Other s >Acicot include:
- Dry scalp
- Hair thinning
- Reddish face, lightening of skin
- Swelling in the abdominal area
- Weight gain
Acicot for Dogs and Cats
Veterinarians prescribe Acicot for dogs and cats when they need to treat immune system problems such as asthma, hives, itching, inflammation, and skin and eye problems.
Intravenous (IV) Acicot is approved for use in cattle and horses.
Acicot injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- slowed healing of cuts and bruises
- thin, fragile, or dry skin
- red or purple blotches or lines under the skin
- skin depressions at the injection site
- increased body fat or movement to different areas of your body
- inappropriate happiness
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- extreme changes in mood changes in personality
- increased sweating
- muscle weakness
- joint pain
- irregular or absent menstrual periods
- increased appetite
- injection site pain or redness
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about Acicot.
Your doctor will not prescribe Acicot if you have a fungal infection anywhere in your body since the medicine may worsen the infection.
If you are allergic to Acicot, you need to alert your doctor.
While taking this medicine, do not get any vaccines without your doctor's permission. The medicine may affect the way the vaccine works.
If someone in your household has had a live virus vaccine (measles, mumps, nasal flu vaccine), you should avoid contact with them while taking Decadron. Ask your doctor for details.
For women who are breastfeeding
Acicot is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding. The drug can pass to a child through breast milk and may cause side effects.
Taking certain hormones with Acicot can cause decreased levels of these hormones in your body. Your doctor may have to adjust your dose of either the Acicot or hormone medications. Examples of these drugs include: