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Doctor insights on: Stelara Approval

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I'm 32 thinking of starting stelara (ustekinumab) for my p! is it safe long term?

I'm 32 thinking of starting stelara (ustekinumab) for my p! is it safe long term?

Maybe.: This injectable medication is only indicated for severe plaque psoriasis. There is an increased risk of potentially serious infections and cancer, so the benefits need to clearly outweigh the risks, and close monitoring is mandatory. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe and can I take while on Stelara (ustekinumab)? Any interactions

Is melatonin safe and can I take while on Stelara (ustekinumab)? Any interactions

No interactions.: Hello and thanks for using Health Tap. There are no interactions reported between Stealers and Melatonin used simultaneously. Take care. ...Read more

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Social smoker is it safe to smoke a bit on stelara (ustekinumab)?

Social smoker is it safe to smoke a bit on stelara (ustekinumab)?

Stelara (ustekinumab): This is an immunosuppressant that reduces the effects of a chemical substance in the body that can cause inflammation. Given this technically its okay to smoke. But more importantly smoking is bad for your health - just because you do this socially does not protect you against the risks - I would re-think the smoking part. ...Read more

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Can I take melatonin while on stelara (ustekinumab)? Any drug interactions....?

Why ask here?: In answering your question any doctor would do exactly what you can do yourself: Go to any of numerous websites that allow you to cross-reference drugs and find interactions. You can cut out the middleman and find out for yourself. Knowledge is power: Arm yourself. ...Read more

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Are u still able to socially drink while on stelara (ustekinumab)? Also my doc said on stelara (ustekinumab) u don't need to be monitored like other biologics? Is this true?

Are u still able to socially drink while on stelara (ustekinumab)? Also my doc said on stelara (ustekinumab) u don't need to be monitored like other biologics? Is this true?

Yes: Considered safe. The fully humanized anti-IL12/IL23 antibody has not been associated with liver toxicity and thus is not expected to potentiate liver damage with alcohol. Risk of infection is increased, so drink alcohol wisely. ...Read more

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Any drug interactions while taking stelara (ustekinumab)? Okay to take Claritin for allergies?

Any drug interactions while taking stelara (ustekinumab)? Okay to take Claritin for allergies?

Claritin (loratadine) ok: the major interactions with Stelara (ustekinumab) (mAb against IL-12 and IL-23) include decreased vaccine efficacy and concern for immune suppression when added to other suppressive drugs. Use of Claritin is ok. ...Read more