What is this medicine?
GUSELKUMAB (goo ZELK ue mab) is used to treat plaque psoriasis.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for injection under the skin. It may be administered by a healthcare professional in a hospital or clinic setting or at home. 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. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
signs and symptoms of infection like fever or chills; cough; sore throat; pain or trouble passing urine
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
pain, redness, irritation at site where injected
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
live virus vaccines
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances like amitriptyline, clomipramine, desipramine, doxepin, imipramine, maprotiline, nortriptyline, protriptyline, trimipramine
What if I miss a dose?
It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor of health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment. If you give yourself the medicine and you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. Then, take your next dose at your regular scheduled time.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store the prefilled syringe in a refrigerator between 2 to 8 degrees C (36 to 46 degrees F). Keep the syringe in the original carton until ready for use. Protect from light. Do not freeze. Do not shake. Prior to use, remove syringe from the refrigerator and use after 30 minutes at room temperature. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date on the label.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
immune system problems
infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes) or history of infections
recently received or scheduled to receive a vaccine
tuberculosis, a positive skin test for tuberculosis, or have recently been in close contact with someone who has tuberculosis
an unusual reaction to guselkumab, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional 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 medicine. If your doctor prescribes any medicine for TB, you should start taking the TB medicine before starting this medicine. Make sure to finish the full course of TB medicine.
Call your doctor or health care professional if you get a cold or other infection while receiving this medicine. Do not treat yourself. This medicine may decrease your body's ability to fight infection.
July 17, 2018