Therapeutic Indications Of STELARA
immunosuppressant that reduces the effects of a chemical substance in the body that can cause inflammation.
used to treat plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis in adults and children who are at least 6 years old.
Stelara is used in adults to treat moderately to severely active Crohn's disease after other medicines have been tried without success.
Method Of Administration Of STELARA
Stelara 130 mg concentrate for solution for infusion will be given to you by your doctor, through a drip in the vein of your arm (intravenous infusion) over at least one hour. Talk to your doctor about when you will have your injections and follow-up appointments.
How much Stelara is given
Your doctor will decide how much Stelara you need to receive and for how long.
Adults aged 18 years or older
The doctor will work out the recommended intravenous infusion dose for you based on your body weight.
Your body weight Dose
≤ 55 kg 260 mg
> 55 kg to ≤ 85 kg 390 mg
> 85 kg 520 mg
After the starting intravenous dose, you will have the next dose of 90 mg Stelara by an injection under your skin (subcutaneous injection) 8 weeks later, and then every 12 weeks therafter.
Undesirable Side Effects Of STELARA
fever, flu-like symptoms
stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
vaginal itching or discharge
pain or burning when you urinate
cough with mucus, shortness of breath, chest discomfort
redness at the injection site
Warnings & Special Precautions While Taking STELARA
You should not use Stelara if you have received a BCG (Bacillus Calmette and Guérin) vaccine within 1 year prior to, during, or 1 year following treatment.
Before you start treatment with Stelara, your doctor may perform tests to make sure you do not have tuberculosis.
Serious infections may occur during treatment with Stelara. Call your doctor right away if you have signs of infection such as: fever, chills, muscle pain, shortness of breath, weight loss, diarrhea or stomach pain, burning when you urinate, feeling very tired, skin warmth or redness, painful skin sores, or coughing up blood.
Ustekinumab may also cause a rare but serious condition affecting the brain. Tell your doctor right away if you have a headache, confusion, vision problems, or a seizure.