What is this medicine?
USTEKINUMAB (US te KIN ue mab) is used to treat plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This medicine is also used to treat Crohn's disease. It is not a cure.
How should I use this medicine?
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 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
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
changes in vision
signs and symptoms of infection like fever or chills; cough; sore throat; pain or trouble passing urine
swollen lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin areas
unexplained weight loss
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
redness, itching, swelling, or bruising 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:
biologic medicines such as abatacept, adalimumab, anakinra, certolizumab, etanercept, golimumab, infliximab, rituximab, secukinumab, tocilizumab
What if I miss a dose?
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.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
If you are using this medicine at home, you will be instructed on how to store this medicine. Store the prefilled syringes or unopened vials in a refrigerator between 2 to 8 degrees C (36 to 46 degrees F). The vials should be stored upright. Keep in the original carton. Protect from light. Do not freeze. Do not shake. 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:
history of skin cancer
immune system problems
infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes) or history of infections
new or changing lesions on your skin
receiving or have received allergy shots
receive or have received phototherapy for the skin
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 ustekinumab, latex, 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.
Talk to your doctor about your risk of cancer. You may be more at risk for certain types of cancers if you take this medicine.
October 31, 2018