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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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Can u take antibiotics while on stelara (ustekinumab)?

Can u take antibiotics while on stelara (ustekinumab)?

Should be okay: though the antibiotics may hang around your body a little longer. Stelara (ustekinumab) can also cause diarrhea, upset stomach, cold symptoms, and skin rash. If the antibiotics also cause these adverse effects, then the effect will be magnified. ...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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Doc said i had UTI in oct I have some burning sometimes. Is it bad to take my stelara (ustekinumab) because i just took my dose today. I never took antibiotics.

Doc said i had UTI in oct I have some burning sometimes. Is it bad to take my stelara (ustekinumab) because i just took my dose today. I never took antibiotics.

Stelara (ustekinumab): Sterala is an immune suppressant and can make it harder for you to fight off infections. It's important that you figure out whether the burning is actually from a UTI or possibly related to lowering estrogen levels that some women have as they get into their 40s. ...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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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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