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Q. How do I store Stelara®? - +

A. You must store Stelara® in the following ways:

  • Keep it out of the sight and reach of children
  • Keep your syringes or vials in a fridge (2–8°C). Do not keep them in the freezer
  • Keep the pre-filled syringes or vials in the outer carton to protect them from light
  • Do not shake the pre-filled syringes or vials as this may damage the medicine
  • Remove your treatment from the fridge 30 minutes before your injection so it  can reach room temperature

If you think you’ve left your medicine out of the fridge longer than you should, place the vial or pre-filled syringe back in the fridge and contact your healthcare professional as soon as possible for advice.

Q. How do I prepare, inject or dispose of my vials or pre-filled syringes? - +

A. For detailed information on how to prepare, inject or dispose of your treatment please see the patient information leaflet.

Q. How do I take Stelara® with me when I travel? - +

A. Your doctor will tell you how often you’ll receive your treatment. You may also refer to the dosing schedule for your problem area. If you are travelling between your scheduled doses you will not need to bring your medication with you. Check your calendar to see when your next dose is due and when you are travelling.

If you need to travel when your dose is due, speak to your doctor and follow their recommendations. They are likely to give you a letter permitting you to travel with prescription medications. Show the letter to airport security to let them know what you are carrying.

Q. What do I do if I have side effects? - +

A. If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the Patient Information Leaflet.

In the UK, you can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

Q. What if I use more than recommended? - +

A. If you think you have used more than you should have, talk to a doctor or pharmacist straight away. If you can, take the outer carton of the medicine with you, even if it’s empty.

Q. What if I forget to use Stelara®? - +

A. If you forget a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

Q. Can I stop using Stelara®? - +

A. If you would like to stop taking this treatment you should discuss this with your doctor first. They will advise you on the best way to do this. If you stop taking it, your symptoms may come back. If you have any questions on stopping, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Q. What if I want a break from taking it? - +

A. You should talk to your doctor if you want to take a break from Stelara®, as they will be the only one who can say whether stopping treatment for some time is appropriate for you.

Q. Can I drink alcohol or smoke while taking Stelara®? - +

A. It should be safe to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes while receiving this treatment, as there are no known interactions.3 However, if you drink or smoke excessively, it may be beneficial to reduce this.

Q. What do I do if I get pregnant or want to get pregnant? - +

A. If you become pregnant or you decide you want to become pregnant, discuss this with your doctor. The effects of taking Stelara® while pregnant are not known.

Q. Can I have vaccinations when taking Stelara®? - +

A. Live vaccines should not be given whilst receiving this treatment, whether viral or bacterial, such as BCG tuberculosis. Stelara® should be stopped for at least 15 weeks after the last dose before receiving a live vaccination, and resumed no less than two weeks after.3

You may be given inactivated or non-live vaccinations while taking Stelara®.

Q. Can I undergo surgery at the same time? - +

A. Taking Stelara® while undergoing surgery may increase your risk of a post-operative infection. If you need to arrange surgery or have surgery planned, discuss this with your doctor, who may advise that you stop your treatment temporarily.