ustekinumab, Stelara (cont.)

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SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of ustekinumab are:

Ustekinumab may reduce the ability the immune system to fight infections, increasing the risk of infections such as tuberculosis (TB), and infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Ustekinumab also may increase the risk of certain types of cancer and cause posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS). RPLS is a rare condition that affects the brain and can cause death. The cause is unknown but if detected early and treated, most people recover. Symptoms may include headache, seizures, confusion, and vision problems.



PREPARATIONS: Single use vials: 45 mg/0.5 ml and 90 mg /1 ml.

STORAGE: Ustekinumab should be refrigerated between 2 C and 8 C (36 F and 46 F). It should not be frozen and should be kept in its original carton to protect it from light until the time of administration.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/27/2015

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