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General Information on Ustekinumab

Generic Name : Ustekinumab

Pronunciation : US-te-KIN-ue-mab

Latest prescription information about Ustekinumab. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y43.4 | Therapeutic Classification : Monoclonal Antibodies

Trade Names/Brand Names of Ustekinumab

International- Stelara.

Why is Ustekinumab Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a monoclonal antibody, prescribed for psoriasis.  It works by stopping the action of certain cells in the body that cause the symptoms of psoriasis.

When should Ustekinumab not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Ustekinumab?

SC- For patients weighing less than 100kg - The recommended dose is 45 mg initially and 4 weeks later, followed by 45 mg every 12 weeks.
For patients weighing more than 100kg- The recommended dose is 90 mg initially and 4 weeks later, followed by 90 mg every 12 weeks.

How should Ustekinumab be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider under the skin.

What are the warnings and precautions for Ustekinumab?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of infection, tuberculosis (TB), cancer, nerve disorder called reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS), poor immunity, flu-like symptoms, received a vaccine, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

TB skin test should be performed before using this medication.

Avoid contact with people who infections that can be spread to others.

Avoid live vaccination during the treatment period.

Patient may develop increased risk of infections. If it is so consult with your healthcare provider.

It may increase the risk of malignancy.

What are the side effects of Ustekinumab?

Cold, upper respiratory tract infection, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, back pain, dizziness, throat pain, itching, injection site redness, muscle pain and depression.

What are the other precautions for Ustekinumab?

Avoid excess dosage and long-term use of this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Ustekinumab?

Store it in refrigerator (2 to 8C). Do not freeze it.

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MargaretKramer, India

@SandyChennai, No it is not available in India.

SandyChennai, India

Is this available in india?

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