You can now access your Information Kit electronically, and learn about what's possible with STELARA®.
You will also receive an e-mail within the next 24 hours that contains a link to your E-kit. Click on the link to build and read your E-kit at your convenience.
To ensure you receive timely information about STELARA® and plaque psoriasis, please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your e-mail address book. In the meantime, explore our website to learn more about STELARA® and start taking advantage of all the resources available to you.
Watch the video above for step-by-step instructions on how to self-inject with STELARA®. By following these instructions, we hope you will feel confident self-injecting with the STELARA® prefilled syringe. If your doctor decides that you or a caregiver may give your injections at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject STELARA®. Do not try to inject yourself until you or your caregiver has been properly trained by a healthcare provider.
All used syringes need to be disposed immediately in a puncture-resistant container (sharps disposal container) which should be kept away from children.
There are many ways to safely dispose of your used syringe if you do not have a puncture-resistant container (sharps disposal container), including:
Do not throw away used syringes or a sharps disposal container in your household trash.
Once you have finished injecting your quarterly dose of STELARA®, you’ll want to immediately and safely dispose of your used syringe. Safe Returns® is a unique service for people being treated with STELARA® that lets you:
For more information about safe sharps disposal and for specific information about sharps disposal in the state that you live in, go to the FDA’s website at: FDA.gov/safesharpsdisposal.
When you sign up, you’ll receive a Safe Returns® package in the mail that includes a plastic sharps disposal container that can hold your STELARA® used syringes for a year.
After each injection, place the used syringe in the container and put the lid firmly back in place.
When your container is full, contact StelaraSupport™ and we’ll send you a postage-paid mail-back box, a new disposal container, along with everything you need to properly and easily dispose of your filled container.
Click here to fill out the Safe Returns® form.
After you’ve been trained to give yourself an injection by a healthcare professional, you may still have additional questions. You can talk one-on-one with a skilled nurse that can help answer questions about:
You can get answers to your questions about self-injection or about STELARA® from a nurse in the comfort of your own home by computer or phone.
You can watch online as a StelaraSupport™ nurse walks you through the injection process while you talk to each other over the phone. RN Live Link® is available 7 days a week, from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM ET.
If you prefer a phone conversation, our nurses are available 7 days a week to answer your questions about the injection process.
Call StelaraSupport™ at 1-877-STELARA (1-877-783-5272).
Please read the Important Safety Information below, the Instructions for Use , and the Medication Guide for STELARA® to learn more about these and other risks for STELARA®. Discuss any questions you have with your doctor. You may also watch the Important Safety Information video in the sliding menu above for more safety information.
The first step in self-injecting is for you and your doctor to decide if self-injection is right for you. If your doctor decides that you or a caregiver may be able to give your injections of STELARA® at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject STELARA®. Do not try to inject STELARA® yourself until you have been shown the right way to give the injections by your doctor or nurse.
Other supplies that you need include an antiseptic wipe, cotton balls, or gauze pads and a puncture-resistant container (sharps disposal container). You can pick up the antiseptic wipes, cotton balls, and a puncture-resistant container (sharps disposal container) at your local drug store.
Use STELARA® exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If your doctor decides that you or a caregiver may give your injections at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject STELARA®. Do not try to inject yourself until you or your caregiver has been properly trained by a healthcare provider. You will have to go to your doctor’s office for your first injection so your healthcare professional can show you how to use a prefilled syringe. After that, you can start injecting yourself.
Check the package to make sure that it is the right dose and check the expiration date on the prefilled syringe and carton to make sure it has not passed. You want to make sure the prefilled syringe is not damaged and that the liquid inside is colorless to light yellow. Do not use if it is frozen, discolored, cloudy, or has large particles. Do not shake the prefilled syringe at any time. Hold your prefilled syringe with the covered needle pointing upward to check.
If you see a small amount of tiny particles that are white, or that you can see through, don’t worry, that is okay.
Do not use the prefilled syringe if the liquid looks frozen, discolored, cloudy, or contains large particles. If you have any questions about what is normal and what is not, call 1-800-JANSSEN (1-800-526-7736).
You can inject in several places. It is recommended that you inject in your thighs or stomach area. If you choose your stomach, stay 2 inches away from your belly button.
If possible, do not inject into an area that is tender, bruised, red, or hard.
If your doctor decides that a caregiver or a friend may give your injections at home, he or she should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject STELARA®. He or she should not inject you until trained by a healthcare provider.
Put the used syringe in a puncture-resistant container (sharps disposal container) right away after use. Do not throw away loose syringes in your household trash. Follow your community’s guidance for the right way to dispose of your sharps container. Always keep the sharps disposal container out of the reach of children.
You can talk to a nurse one-on-one using the RN Live Link®. When you dial in, a nurse will answer the call and help you with any questions you may have about self-injection or about STELARA®.
RN Live Link® is available 7 days a week, from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM ET or you can call StelaraSupport™ at 1-877-STELARA (783-5272).
You may also watch our self-injection video included in your Starter Kit or you can find our self-injection video on our YouTube channel: PsoriasisMatters.
When you receive your STELARA® dose, make sure to immediately store your prefilled syringe in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Do not freeze or shake the prefilled syringe and keep it in the carton to protect it from light.
Once you have the needle uncapped, make sure that you do not let the needle touch any surface and make sure that you don’t use the prefilled syringe if it is dropped without the needle cover in place. Do not handle the needle cover if you are allergic to latex.
After you’ve cleaned the injection spot with an antiseptic wipe, use the hand that is not holding the prefilled syringe to pinch the skin just outside of the cleaned area and hold firmly. Using a quick motion, insert the needle into your pinched skin using a 45-degree angle. Inject all the medicine by using your thumb to push the plunger head down, until the plunger head is between the needle wings.
Hold the prefilled syringe at a 45-degree angle when inserting the needle into your skin.
If you see a small amount of blood or liquid where you injected, that is normal. Just press a cotton ball or gauze pad to it if needed. Do not rub. If you want, you can cover the area with an adhesive bandage.
You receive one self-injection dose at a time. Store it in your refrigerator until your next dose.
There are many ways to safely dispose of your used syringe if you do not have a puncture-resistant container (sharps disposal container) including:
- Using a drop box at your doctor’s office, clinics, local pharmacies, or health departments
- Finding a household hazardous waste collection site
- Participating in a syringe and used needle exchange program
- Signing up for the STELARA® Safe Returns® program
You will need a puncture-resistant container (sharps disposal container). Ask your doctor for instructions on the right way to dispose of the container. You need to follow your community guidelines for the right way to dispose of used syringes. Do not throw away used syringes or a sharps disposal container in your household trash.
When you sign up with STELARA® Safe Returns®, you’ll receive a Safe Returns® package in the mail. Follow the instructions inside the package to return your used syringe in the postage-paid mail-back box when your disposal container is full. To sign up, call STELARASupport™ at 1-877-STELARA (1-877-783-5272).
STELARA® is taken 4 times a year after 2 starter doses. After your first starter dose, wait 4 weeks until your 2nd starter dose, then 12 weeks after that. If your doctor decides that you or a caregiver may give your injections at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject STELARA®. Do not try to inject yourself until you or your caregiver has been properly trained by a healthcare provider.
STELARA® is a prescription medicine approved to treat adults 18 years and older with moderate or
severe plaque psoriasis that involves large areas or many areas of their body, who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet light alone or with pills).
STELARA® is a prescription medicine approved to treat adults 18 years and older with active psoriatic arthritis, either alone or with methotrexate.
STELARA® is a 45 mg or 90 mg injection given under the skin as directed by your doctor at weeks 0, 4, and every 12 weeks thereafter. It is administered by a healthcare provider or self-injected only after proper training.
STELARA® is a prescription medicineA drug that is only available with written instructions from a healthcare professional to a pharmacist. that affects your immune system. STELARA® can increase your chance of having serious side effects including:
STELARA® may lower your ability to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections. While taking STELARA®, some people have serious infections, which may require hospitalization, including tuberculosis (TB)An infectious disease, most commonly of the lungs, resulting in coughing, fever, chest pain, and weight loss., and infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or virusesGerms that grow within the body and cause a disease..
STELARA® may decrease the activity of your immune systemA system inside the body that protects against germs and infections. and increase your risk for certain types of cancer. Tell your doctor if you have ever had any type of cancer. Some people who had risk factors for skin cancer developed certain types of skin cancers while receiving STELARA®. Tell your doctor if you have any new skin growths.
RPLS is a rare condition that affects the brain and can cause death. The cause of RPLS is not known. If RPLS is found early and treated, most people recover. Tell your doctor right away if you have any new or worsening medical problems including: headache, seizures, confusion, and vision problems.
Serious allergic reactions can occur. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms such as: feeling faint, swelling of your face, eyelids, tongue, or throat, trouble breathing, throat or chest tightness, or skin rash.
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Last updated October 30, 2014.