A. You must store Stelara® in the following ways:
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.
A. For detailed information on how to prepare, inject or dispose of your treatment please see the patient information leaflet.
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.
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: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
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.
A. If you forget a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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®.
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.