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Common Questions About Psoriasis

The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown. However we do know that the immune system, environmental factors, and family history can play a role. The immune system speeds up, which causes inflammation and a large number of skin cells to grow. Instead of falling off (shedding), the cells pile up on the surface of the skin, forming psoriatic plaques.

Learn more about the role of the immune system in plaque psoriasis and see how STELARA® works differently to treat moderate or severe plaque psoriasis.

A doctor can usually diagnose psoriasis by examining your skin and reviewing your patient history. In some cases, the doctor may take a small sample of skin and examine it under a microscope.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as many as 7.5 million Americans, or approximately 2.2% of the U.S. population, have psoriasis.

Certain things may cause psoriasis to flare. These include stress, skin injuries, strep infections, and certain medications, including anti-malarial drugs, beta-blockers, lithium, and oral corticosteroids. Weather can also trigger psoriatic symptoms, especially when it is cold and dry outside. During the winter, moisture leaves the skin because of both the cold and dry air, which may make psoriasis worse.

There is currently no known cure for psoriasis. However, there are certain medications, including biologics, that can help treat psoriasis. People with psoriasis should speak to their doctors about finding the right treatment(s) to help manage their symptoms. Treatments may include medications that are applied to the skin, ultraviolet light therapy, medications taken by mouth, or those given by injection.

Your doctor will prescribe a psoriasis treatment for you based on many things, including how severe and where your psoriasis is on your body, your age, and your medical history. Some common treatments include:

Topical treatments

Topical treatments, such as creams and gels, are often given for mild to moderate psoriasis. They are rubbed directly on the surface of the skin. Topicals help slow down skin cell growth and help lessen redness and inflammation. Examples include Dovonex®* (calcipotriene), a synthetic vitamin D cream, Tazorac®* (tazarotene), a vitamin A derivative, and steroid creams. Other treatments commonly used are coal tar and anthralin.

Light therapies

In light therapy, the skin—or just the psoriatic plaque—is exposed to ultraviolet light (UVB or Psoralen plus UVA [PUVA]). The treatment helps slow down skin cell growth and kill T cells (a type of immune cell). Light therapies are used for moderate to severe psoriasis. One type of light therapy, PUVA, uses medication (psoralen) with ultraviolet light (UVA). PUVA is used for people with severe psoriasis. Treatment is usually given in a dermatologist's office or psoriasis clinic.

Systemic therapies

Systemic medications work throughout the body. They can be taken in pill form or given by injection. Examples of systemic medications are retinoids, such as Soriatane®* (acitretin), and medications that suppress the immune system, such as Neoral®* (cyclosporine) and methotrexate.

Biologic treatments

Biologics are the latest advancement in systemic psoriasis treatment. They are injectable treatments for people with moderate or severe plaque psoriasis. Biologic treatments can target the immune system in different ways. STELARA® works by targeting your body’s immune system and blocking 2 proteins (IL-12 and IL-23) from attaching to cells in the body that may be involved in plaque psoriasis.

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 biologic that targets IL-12 and IL-23 to help provide relief from the symptoms associated with plaque psoriasis, such as plaque thickness, scaling, and redness—with 4 doses a year after 2 starter doses.

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. 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. Each injection is given using a small needle. STELARA® is available in 45 mg or 90 mg doses; your doctor will choose the right dose for you. Make sure you keep all your scheduled follow-up appointments.Learn more about STELARA.

STELARA® is not for everyone; only your doctor can decide if it’s right for you. STELARA® is a prescription medicine that affects your immune system. It can increase your chances of having serious side effects including infections, cancer, serious allergic reactions and a rare condition called reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Please read the Important Safety Information below and the Medication Guide for STELARA® to learn more about these and other risks for STELARA®. Discuss any questions you have with your doctor.

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Right now, as many as 7.5 million people in the U.S. are living with psoriasis, and about 80% have plaque psoriasis. Between 150,000 and 260,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, and most people are diagnosed before age 40. Psoriasis affects both men and women and is more common among Caucasians of northern European descent than among African-Americans or Asians. Genetics may also play a role, with one-third of people having a family history of the disease.

Psoriasis is not contagious. You cannot "catch" it from someone. If you come in physical contact with someone who has psoriasis, you will not get the disease.

There are many great resources available to help you learn more about psoriasis. You can find out about symptoms, treatments, research studies, and educational programs.

The National Psoriasis Foundation has a large amount of information at www.psoriasis.org. Visit their online forum where you can connect with others living with psoriasis, or talk to a mentor if you’ve recently been told you have psoriasis and are looking for support. You can also call the National Psoriasis Foundation at 1-800-723-9166.

Psoriasis Cure Now! is also a great resource to learn more about psoriasis and connect with others. Go to www.psoriasis-cure-now.org, call 1-301-571-2393, or visit their online forum and join their community network.

For a more extensive list of psoriasis-related resources, go to Psoriasis Links.

Common Questions About STELARA®

STELARA® is a prescription medicine that is 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).

Only your doctor can determine whether STELARA® is right for you. It is a prescription psoriasis 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 not for everyone; only your doctor can decide if it’s right for you. STELARA® is a prescription medicine that affects your immune system. It can increase your chances of having serious side effects including infections, cancer, serious allergic reactions and a rare condition called reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Please read the Important Safety Information below and the Medication Guide for STELARA® to learn more about these and other risks for STELARA®. Discuss any questions you have with your doctor.

Do not take STELARA® if you are allergic to ustekinumab or any of the ingredients in STELARA (L-histidine and L-histidine monohydrochloride monohydrate, polysorbate and sucrose).

If you’re interested in talking to your doctor about STELARA®, download the STELARA Doctor Discussion Guide and fill it out before your next visit. You can also download a Psoriasis Symptom Monitor to your computer and use it to talk with your doctor about your symptoms.

The convenient dosing of STELARA® offers a full 12 weeks between treatments after two starter doses. 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. Each injection is given using a small needle. STELARA® is available in 45 mg or 90 mg doses; your doctor will choose the right dose of STELARA® for you. You will start off by taking the first starter dose of STELARA®, followed by a second starter dose four weeks later. You will then receive a maintenance dose every 12 weeks thereafter.

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. Each injection is given using a small needle. STELARA® is available in 45 mg or 90 mg doses; your doctor will choose the right dose for you. Make sure you keep all your scheduled follow-up appointments. 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.

Your healthcare provider will give you the injection on an area of your body that does not have plaques, and may give you your injection in a different area each time. If you are self-injecting with STELARA® you can inject in several places. It is recommended that you inject in your thighs or stomach area.

Your doctor will determine the dose that is right for you. For people weighing 220 pounds or less, the recommended dose is one 45 mg starter dose, followed by a second starter dose four weeks later. You will then receive a 45 mg maintenance dose every 12 weeks after that. For people weighing more than 220 pounds, the recommended dose is one 90 mg starter dose, followed by a second starter dose four weeks later. You will then receive a 90 mg maintenance dose every 12 weeks after that.

Only your doctor can decide how long you will need to continue treatment with STELARA®.

STELARA® is a prescription medicine approved to treat adults 18 years and older with active psoriatic arthritis, either alone or with methotrexate.

STELARA® is not for everyone; only your doctor can decide if it’s right for you. STELARA® is a prescription medicine that affects your immune system. It can increase your chances of having serious side effects including infections, cancer, serious allergic reactions and a rare condition called reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome.

Do not take STELARA® if you are allergic to ustekinumab or any of the ingredients in STELARA (L-histidine and L-histidine monohydrochloride monohydrate, polysorbate and sucrose).

You and your doctor should discuss the risks and benefits of treatment with STELARA®. It is not known if STELARA® is safe and effective in children.

If you are interested in starting STELARA®, talk to your doctor. The following simple steps can help you and your doctor decide if STELARA® is right for you:

  1. Make a list of questions – If you have any questions about your condition or treatment, make sure you get all the answers you need.

  2. Keep a detailed record of your symptoms – Describe all the areas on your body that have plaque psoriasis and your symptoms since your last visit, including plaque thickness, scaling, and redness. Download our Psoriasis Symptom Monitor to help you keep track of your symptoms to share with your doctor.

  3. Share your medical history – Make a list of all the names and dosages of any past and current medications. Talk with your doctor about how well the medications worked and if you were happy with the results.

  4. Read the Medication Guide and Full Prescribing Information – Make sure you are comfortable with the information and discuss any questions you may have with your doctor.

No. STELARA® is not a steroid. It is a biologic treatment that works with the immune system to target an underlying cause of plaque psoriasis. It blocks the action of IL-12 and IL-23, two proteins that may play a role in plaque psoriasis.

The active ingredient in STELARA® is called ustekinumab. The other ingredients are sucrose, L-histidine, and polysorbate 80.

Common Questions About STELARA® Safety

STELARA® is not for everyone; only your doctor can decide if it’s right for you. STELARA® is a prescription medicine that affects your immune system. It can increase your chances of having serious side effects including infections, cancer, serious allergic reactions and a rare condition called reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Please read the Important Safety Information below and the Medication Guide for STELARA® to learn more about these and other risks for STELARA®. Discuss any questions you have with your doctor.

In medical studies, STELARA® was generally well tolerated and the most common side effects were upper respiratory infections, headache, tiredness, joint pain, and nausea.

You should not receive a live vaccine while taking STELARA®. Before receiving STELARA®, tell your doctor if you have recently received or are scheduled to receive an immunization (vaccine). Tell your doctor if anyone in your house needs a vaccine. The viruses used in some types of vaccines can spread to people with a weakened immune system, and can cause serious problems. You should not receive the BCG vaccine during the one year before taking STELARA® or one year after you stop taking STELARA®. Non-live vaccinations received while taking STELARA® may not fully protect you from disease.

Common Questions About STELARA® Results

STELARA® may help improve moderate or severe plaque psoriasis and active psoriatic arthritis symptoms, including joint pain, swelling, and stiffness, as well as plaque thickness, scaling, and redness.

STELARA® helps reduce plaque thickness, scaling, and redness. 7 out of 10 people taking STELARA® saw at least 75% clearer skin at 12 weeks and 6 out of 10 people had their plaque psoriasis rated as cleared or minimal at 12 weeks. Nearly 8 out of 10 people who initially saw at least 75% clearer skin with STELARA® maintained their results with continued therapy at 2 years*

Individual results may vary.

*Includes only people who responded at 7 and 10 months. They were allowed to use topical medicines along with STELARA® after nearly one and a half years.

Everyone responds to treatment differently. However, in a medical study, 7 out of 10 people taking STELARA® saw at least 75% clearer skin at 12 weeks and 6 out of 10 people had their plaque psoriasis rated as cleared or minimal at 12 weeks. Nearly 8 out of 10 people who initially saw at least 75% clearer skin with STELARA® maintained their results with continued therapy at 2 years*.

Individual results may vary.

*Includes only people who responded at 7 and 10 months. They were allowed to use topical medicines along with STELARA® after nearly one and a half years.

Common Questions About How STELARA® Works

STELARA® targets an underlying cause of plaque psoriasis—an overactive immune system. It blocks two proteins called IL-12 and IL-23 that are shown to be present in psoriatic plaques. This may slow down how fast skin cells are made and may reduce inflammation.

Watch a video and see how STELARAworks to treat psoriasis.

STELARA® is a biologic medication. Biologics are injectable treatments that deliver the medication into the body to target an underlying cause of plaque psoriasis—an overactive immune system. STELARA® specifically targets two proteins, IL-12 and IL-23, that have been found in psoriatic plaques. By blocking these two proteins from attaching to cells in your body, STELARA® may slow down the speed that skin cells are made and may lessen inflammation.

Take a closer look and watch how STELARA works differently.

STELARA® is not for everyone; only your doctor can decide if it’s right for you. STELARA® is a prescription medicine that affects your immune system. It can increase your chances of having serious side effects including infections, cancer, serious allergic reactions and a rare condition called reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. Please read the Important Safety Information below and the Medication Guide for STELARA® to learn more about these and other risks for STELARA®. Discuss any questions you have with your doctor.

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.

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 alcohol 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.

Do not miss any doses of STELARA®. If you forget to use STELARA® at your scheduled time, call your healthcare provider.

Common Questions About STELARA® Storage And Stability

STELARA® must be stored in the refrigerator (but NOT in the freezer compartment). STELARA® should not be frozen or shaken. Keep the product in the original carton to protect it from light until the time of use. Refrigerate it immediately at 36°F to 46°F (2°C – 8°C).

If your STELARA® has been stored outside of the recommended temperature ranges, contact Janssen Medical Information at 1-800-JANSSEN (1-800-526-7736) for more information.

If you need to store your STELARA® medication before your doctor appointment, always store STELARA® under proper conditions. Never keep STELARA® beyond the expiration date printed on the carton and the label.

Common Questions About StelaraSupport™

StelaraSupport™ has several different services at no cost to help you get started and stay on track with your treatment. StelaraSupport™ services include:

  • Cost Support: We understand that everyone's financial situation is different. Our Care Coordinators can help you identify resources that may assist you in reducing your out-of-pocket medication costs and help you find a program that could keep STELARA® affordable if your insurance or financial situation changes. Find more information on plaque psoriasis treatment cost support options and see if you qualify.
  • Insurance Help: If either you or your doctor contacts StelaraSupport™, our Care Coordinators can help you learn about and verify your insurance benefits. They’ll also help explain your potential out-of-pocket medication costs for STELARA®.
  • Medication Reminders: To help you stay on track with your treatments, StelaraSupport™ can send you timely reminders —by phone, text, or e-mail—before your next dose is due.
  • Updates and Educational Materials: StelaraSupport™ provides important updates, as well as helpful tools to help manage your plaque psoriasis.

For more information about the services listed above, visit StelaraSupport™.

If you are taking STELARA® and have signed up for the STELARA® Patient Support program, don’t forget to download the Healthy Living e-book, Your Journey To Healthier Living: Inspiration For People With Moderate Or Severe Plaque Psoriasis, on your iPad or as a PDF. The e-book is full of information and tips for healthier living, including:

  • Tips on nutrition
  • Healthy and delicious recipes
  • Exercise information
  • Stress management ideas

Sign up for StelaraSupport™ today and get great tips and tools that can help you live healthier with plaque psoriasis.

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Common Questions About Cost Support and Insurance Information

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, should help cover the cost of STELARA®. Coverage policies can vary from plan to plan, so if you have questions, we'd like to help. A Care Coordinator can help you learn about and verify your insurance benefits. They’ll also help explain your potential out-of-pocket medication costs for STELARA®. You can contact StelaraSupport™ at 1-877-STELARA (1-877-783-5272), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM ET. Please have your insurance information available when you call.

There are programs available to provide assistance for people who have difficulty affording the medication costs for STELARA®. You are encouraged to call StelaraSupport™ at 1-877-STELARA (1-877-783-5272), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM ET for more information. Care Coordinators are available to help you identify possible sources of funding.

Yes. If you have commercial insurance, our Instant Savings Program can help lower your out-of-pocket costs including co-pay, deductible, and co-insurance medication costs. If you qualify, your out-of-pocket costs will be $10 for each dose up to the maximum annual program benefit of $10,000, 6 doses, or 12 months from the card activation date, whichever comes first.

You may be eligible for Instant Savings if you have been given STELARA® by your doctor, are being treated for the FDA-approved use for STELARA®, AND currently have commercial insurance that covers medication costs for STELARA®. A Care Coordinator can provide you with more details and see if you are able to participate.

You are encouraged to call StelaraSupport™ to get information about how to get help paying for STELARA®. You can contact us at 1-877-STELARA (1-877-783-5272), Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM ET. Please have your insurance information ready when you call.

For more information about cost support options, visit StelaraSupport™.

Current Express Scripts (ESI) customers who are currently taking STELARA® as of December 31, 2013 will not be impacted by the 2014 National Preferred Formulary change and will be allowed to continue on therapy without any disruption in 2014. If you have any questions about your prescription benefit, please login to Express-Scripts.com or call Member Services at the toll-free number on your member ID card.

Please disregard the letter as it was sent in error. You should have received a correction letter. Your medication will continue to be covered in 2014, and you do not need to take any action that was described in the letter. Current Express Scripts (ESI) customers who are currently taking STELARA® as of December 31, 2013 will not be impacted by the 2014 National Preferred Formulary change and will be allowed to continue on therapy without any disruption in 2014. If you have any questions about your prescription benefit, please login to Express-Scripts.com or call Member Services at the toll-free number on your member ID card.

Other Common Questions About STELARA®

STELARA® was approved for the treatment of moderate or severe plaque psoriasis by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) on September 25, 2009.

Manufactured by: Janssen Biotech, Inc., Horsham, PA 19044, License No. 1864 at Baxter Pharmaceutical Solutions, Bloomington, IN 47403

Janssen Biotech is a world leader in biomedical research and development, that continues to discover and deliver innovative biologic treatments such as STELARA®.

To learn more, please visit JanssenBiotech.com.

The best place to get more information is from your doctor. You can also read the Medication Guide and Full Prescribing Information, or request the STELARA Information Kit. If you have more questions, feel free to contact StelaraSupport™ at 1-877-STELARA (1-877-783-5272), Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 8 PM ET.

This free electronic kit is viewed on your computer. It provides helpful information about STELARA®, including safety and effectiveness. It also has tools that can help you talk to your doctor about how your plaque psoriasis is changing over time, and finding the best treatment options for you. The kit is available by request to everyone. Request your free STELARA Information Kit now.

Once you and your doctor decide that STELARA® is right for you, your doctor and the office staff will help you decide the best way for you to get your prescription.

WHAT IS STELARA®?

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). LEARN MORE >

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.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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:

Serious Infections

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..

  • Your doctor should check you for TB before starting STELARA® and watch you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with STELARA®.
  • If your doctor feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated for TB before and during treatment with STELARA®.
You should not start taking STELARA® if you have any kind of infection unless your doctor says it is okay.

Before starting STELARA, tell your doctor if you think you have an infection or have symptoms of an infection such as:
  • fever, sweats, or chills
  • muscle aches
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • blood in your phlegm
  • weight loss
  • warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body
  • diarrhea or stomach pain
  • burning when you urinate or urinate more often than normal
  • feel very tired
  • are being treated for an infection
  • get a lot of infections or have infections that keep coming back
  • have TB, or have been in close contact with someone who has TB

  • After starting STELARA, call your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of an infection (see above).

    STELARA® can make you more likely to get infections or make an infection that you have worse. People who have a genetic problem where the body does not make any of the proteins interleukin 12 (IL-12)Proteins that increase the growth and function of white blood cells, which are found in your immune system. and interleukin 23 (IL-23)Proteins that increase the growth and function of white blood cells, which are found in your immune system. are at a higher risk for certain serious infections that can spread throughout the body and cause death. It is not known if people who take STELARA® will get any of these infections because of the effects of STELARA® on these proteins.

    Cancers

    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.


    Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS)

    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

    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.


    Before receiving STELARA®, tell your doctor if you:
    • have any of the conditions or symptoms listed above for serious infections, cancers, or RPLS
    • ever had an allergic reaction to STELARA® or any of its ingredients. Ask your doctor if you are not sure
    • are allergic to latex. The needle cover on the prefilled syringe contains latex.
    • have recently received or are scheduled to receive an immunizationAn injection that provides protection against diseases. (vaccine). People who take STELARA® should not receive live vaccinesA vaccine made with living organisms.. Tell your doctor if anyone in your house needs a vaccine. The viruses used in some types of vaccines can spread to people with a weakened immune system, and can cause serious problems. You should not receive the BCG vaccineAn injection that protects against tuberculosis. during the one year before taking STELARA® or one year after you stop taking STELARA®.
    • have any new or changing lesions within psoriasis areas or on normal skin
    • are receiving or have received allergy shots, especially for serious allergic reactions
    • receive or have received phototherapy for your psoriasis
    • have any other medical conditions
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if STELARA® will harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will take STELARA®
    • are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. It is thought that STELARA® passes into your breast milk. You should not breast-feed while taking STELARA® without first talking to your doctor.
    Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplementsNatural substances, made from herbs, that are used for medical reasons..Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

    When prescribed STELARA®:
    • Use STELARA® exactly as prescribed by your doctor
    • If your doctor decides that you or a caregiver may 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 or your caregiver has been shown how to inject STELARA® by your doctor or nurse.

    Common side effects of STELARA® include: upper respiratory infectionsA bodily infection that affects the nose, throat, and larynx (voice box)., headache, tiredness, joint pain and nausea. These are not all of the possible side effects with STELARA®. Tell your doctor about any side effect that you experience. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

    You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Please read the Full Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide for STELARA®, and discuss any questions you have with your doctor.

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