Stelara® is a brand of ustekinumab that treats plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This medication treats symptoms of these conditions and it isn’t a cure. A healthcare provider usually gives you this injection in a hospital or clinic setting.
USTEKINUMAB (US te KIN ue mab) is used to treat plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. It is also used to treat Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It is not a cure.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Stelara
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
This medicine is for injection under the skin or infusion into a vein. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or healthcare provider to get one.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 6 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medication. Tell your care team if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
You will be tested for tuberculosis (TB) before you start this medication. If your care team prescribes any medication for TB, you should start taking the TB medication before starting this medication. Make sure to finish the full course of TB medication.
This medication may increase your risk of getting an infection. Call your care team for advice if you get fever, chills, sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.
Talk to your care team about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medication.
Certain genetic factors may decrease the safety of this medication. Your care team may use genetic tests to determine treatment.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store the prefilled syringes or vials in a refrigerator between 2 to 8 degrees C (36 to 46 degrees F). Keep in the original carton. Protect from light. Do not freeze. Do not shake. The vials should be stored upright. Throw away any unused medicine that has been stored in the refrigerator after the expiration date.
If needed, a prefilled syringe may be stored at room temperature up to 30 degrees C (86 degrees F) for a maximum of 30 days. Keep it in the original carton to protect from light. Record the date when it is removed from the refrigerator on the carton. Once a syringe has been stored at room temperature, do not put it back in the refrigerator. Throw the syringe away after 30 days at room temperature, even if it still has medicine in it.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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