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Doctor insights on: Stelara Medication

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

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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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

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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

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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Psoriasis after stelara (ustekinumab) is gone just left with scarring! What can I use to reduce this or will it fade over time with the stelara (ustekinumab)? Had 2nd shot today

Psoriasis after stelara (ustekinumab) is gone just left with scarring! What can I use to reduce this or will it fade over time with the stelara (ustekinumab)? Had 2nd shot today

No.: Stelara (ustekinumab) can quite or even get rid of psoriasis, but not scarring, which usually comes about from scratching and excoriating superficial lesions. Something for itching can help! ...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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Humira and Methotrexate are not working for my psoriasis. I asked the doctor about Stelara (ustekinumab).  Dr. Hasn't seen good results w/other patients on Stelera so doesn't use it. What would you recommend?

Humira and Methotrexate are not working for my psoriasis. I asked the doctor about Stelara (ustekinumab).  Dr. Hasn't seen good results w/other patients on Stelera so doesn't use it. What would you recommend?

STELERA/HUMIRA/METHT: Well if you have no improvement with Humira (adalimumab) and methtrexate, than there is no harm in trying stelera. Discuss with your doctor that it is not working, so what is the harm in trying if stelera will work for you
otherwise you can get a second opinion from another dermatologist. ...Read more

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Normal paps...Will stelara (ustekinumab) cause the hpv to turn into cervical cancer? Normal pap in Feb started stelara (ustekinumab) In May. Found out I had hpv virus 8-9 yrs ago

Normal paps...Will stelara (ustekinumab) cause the hpv to turn into cervical cancer? Normal pap in Feb started stelara (ustekinumab) In May. Found out I had hpv virus 8-9 yrs ago

No evidence: Good for you for being cautious and keeping up with preventative gynecological care. There is no evidence that Stelara (ustekinumab) produces cervical cancer in a person with previous HPV infection. ...Read more

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Started stelara (ustekinumab) 10days ago. Came down with head cold, soar throat, fever of 99.8 yesterday. Will I recover since immune sys is suppressed? Or go to dr

Started stelara (ustekinumab) 10days ago. Came down with head cold, soar throat, fever of 99.8 yesterday. Will I recover since immune sys is suppressed? Or go to dr

Recover: Immune system should be still functioning at a decent level. Rest, fluids, analgesics and vitamin C should help. See your doctor if not better in 2-3 days or if you get worse. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more

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How can I dispose unused medications?

How can I dispose unused medications?

Several options: You can take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Some medically oriented charities will also take medication for distribution to the disadvantaged. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: topical?

Please describe the medication: topical?

Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more

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What medications are given fordepression?

What medications are given fordepression?

Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What medication is equivalent to covance d?

What medication is equivalent to covance d?

Yes: Covance d is a combination of losartan and hydrochlorthiazide- a diuretic). There are a number of such combinations for the treatment of hypertension. If this is a question of your co-pay, ask your physician about generic alternatives. ...Read more

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What pain medication can be taken for r.S.D.?

What pain medication can be taken for r.S.D.?

RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more

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What medication need to be taken for acidity?

What medication need to be taken for acidity?

Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more

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