Treats plaque psoriasis.
StelaraThere may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to ustekinumab.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin.This medicine is given as a shot under your skin, usually on the upper arms, buttocks, abdomen, or thighs.
- A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
- You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- You will be shown the body areas where this shot can be given. Use a different body area each time you give yourself a shot. Keep track of where you give each shot to make sure you rotate body areas.
- Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
- The medicine should be clear to slightly yellow in color. Do not use the medicine if it is cloudy, discolored, or has large particles in it. Do not shake the medicine.
- This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
If a dose is missed:
- Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- If you store this medicine at home, keep it in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.Keep the medicine in the original carton until you are ready to use it.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine, containers, and other supplies. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you also receive allergy shots, cyclosporine (Gengraf®, Neoral®, Sandimmune®), or a blood thinner (such as warfarin, Coumadin®, Jantoven®). Tell your doctor about all other treatments you use for your psoriasis, including phototherapy (light treatment) and medicines that weaken the immune system (such as steroids, cancer medicines, or radiation).
- This medicine may interfere with vaccines. Ask your doctor before you get a flu shot or any other vaccines.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a history of cancer or have any type of infection. Tell your doctor if you have tuberculosis (TB) or a history of TB, or have been in close contact with someone who has active TB. Tell your doctor if you have an allergy to latex.
- You may get infections more easily while you use this medicine. Call your doctor right away if you have symptoms of an infection, such as a fever, chills, or a cough that does not go away.
- You will need to have a skin test for tuberculosis before you start using this medicine. Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your home has ever had a positive reaction to a tuberculosis test or been exposed to tuberculosis.
- This medicine may increase your risk of cancer. Talk to your doctor about this risk if you have concerns.
- Check with your doctor if you have headache, seizures, confusion, and blurred vision or other visual problems. These may be symptoms of a rare but serious condition called reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS).
- Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Burning sensation when urinating, change in how much or how often you urinate
- Diarrhea or stomach pain
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches
- Headache, seizures, confusion, and blurred vision
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Headache with no other symptoms
- Redness, pain, swelling, or itching where the shot was given
- Stuffy or runny nose