IBD Medication Guide

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Ustekinumab
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Ustekinumab

Brand Name(s)

Stelara®

Drug Class

Biologics

How taken

Intravenous infusion (IV) for initial dosage; Injection for maintenance therapy

Used for

Moderate to severe Crohn's disease

Recommendations for Pregnancy

Limited human data; No adverse effects or risks in animal studies

Recommendations for Lactation

No human data

Medication indication

Indicated for the treatment of adults with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease who have had an inadequate response to conventional therapy

Indicated for pediatric use

No

Most common side effects

Common side effects include upper respiratory infections, headache, tiredness, itching, vomiting, vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, redness at the injection site

Other

Rare side effects include reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (this is a reversible syndrome that can include headache, altered mental functioning, seizures, and loss of vision).

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