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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I started on Stelara in December 2012 after trying everything from creams to Methotrexate to Enbrel. While Enbrel mostly worked after about 4 months everywhere on my body except my elbows it started losing it's effectiveness after about 6 months, with Psoriasis cropping up on my scalp and other places. My doctor put me on 25mg Stelara and I noticed results almost immediately. My elbows are still my problem area, while the area fades nicely it flares up again after about a month, so waiting 2 months for another injection is awful. My nurse is going to ask if we can increase my dosage to hopefully keep the results for a full 3 months. I have a great benefit plan that covers me 100%.
Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: 45 years with psoriasis. Tried everything - no luck. On Stelara for three years now. WONDERFUL experience. Only side effect is I am always tired, but I can live with that as I no longer have ANY symptoms. Wonderful medicine but VERY expensive. This would be the LAST medicine I would give up if I had to give up my meds.
Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I too been suffering from psoriasis all my life. I'm 34 and was on Stellara for a while last year. Then a month ago. Became hard headed and drank alcohol. What happen next my psoriasis flared up. Where its the worst ever. Joints were bothering me like crazy. Flaking everywhere. Now back on Stellara. Can't wait to be better again.
Review by Bambi999 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I have suffered from psoriasis for 20yrs and the condition fluctuated over this time. I have tried creams, methotrexate, light therapy and cyclosporine - none of which helped. Eventually I saw a fantastic dermatologist - I had to try 3 treatments and if they failed, I could apply for permission to try biologics. I tried Enbrel first -worked until I fell ill with tonsilitis & my psoriasis came back with a vengence. I switched to Stelara, I am about to take my 5th injection, and it has been amazing. Within weeks, I was almost clear. This was the 1st summer I've been happy to show my body at the beach! Minimal side effects too.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: Stelara very effective, have been on it for 3 years and can lengthen time between injections i.e. 16 weeks without too much flare up. Have experienced chronic rhinitis and symptoms of depression as side effects.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: Stelara was just as effective as the other Biologics (Enbrel, Humira), a bit inconvenient is the Dr. visit for the injection, but it is better controlled in this application. Great medicine for psoriasis, been on it for 3 years and just recently getting headaches (5 days since injection)...I'll give another 48 hrs, then I'll check in with my Dr. I am still sold on this medication, wonderful break through.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I think Stelara is okay. I have had psoriasis for thirty five years. First shot two weeks ago has barely done anything but has lightened the patches. I also have psoriatic arthritis.
Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: After going through the PUVA, topicals, vitamin E, fish oil, dry skin lotions, both tanning under the sun and even meditation. The answer to my psoriasis has finally arrived after 10 years in the form of Stelara. I'm 47 years old, single, workout at the gym 2x a week and mountain bike every weekend. Two weeks after my first shot in June 2012, I saw improvement on my skin: the scales were flatter and I didn't itch as much, and my dry skin didn't seem to be dry as it was. My face and scalp had the most obvious clearing, that my hair stylist asked what shampoo I was using. When I came back for my next injection in July 2012, I was 90 per cent clear! Now I believe I am 100 per cent clear. So far no side effects. Thank you Stelara.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: This medication just makes me ask the question WHY PEOPLE STILL TAKE METHOTREXATE AND 6-MP FOR PSORIASIS? I've been on this medication for about a year now and it's been a life saver. It took me from 80% body coverage (very thick plaques under all hair follicles, eyebrows would crack and bleed, just horrible) to just having a few little spots within 8 weeks. If your doctor is going give you a TNF blocker, tell him you want Stelara. So much more effective, convenient, and with fewer side effects. It's now classified by my insurance as the same coverage as Enbrel for psoriasis, and is even covered to a greater degree than Humira. In turn, you may be able to get it as a first line biologic if you request it.
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Review by takingmylifeback (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I have both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. I have been dealing with psoriasis for over 20yrs all over my body and head ...always embarrassed and having to wear long sleeved shirts. Those of you that are still looking for something Stelara is worth trying. I love it after trying several other medications this is so far the best. I have found and it helps with both. I haven't had any side effects either. I have a 3yr old and I can finally take him to the park alone.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I have had horrible psoriasis since the age of 20. Even as a kid I had a flakey scalp that was embarrassing. Stelara for me feels like a miracle. I have been on Enbrel, cyclosporine, and I've used all of the steroids. I've used the Pagano diet which is very difficult. Stelara is great. When I combined UVB lights at the doctors office with Stelara my skin cleared up 100 percent in about 3 and a half weeks. My scalp even cleared up. This is the only medicine that works that I've used. The blood tests to stay on the medication are expensive and sadly many insurance companies won't pay for this. I hope that changes. I was so sick I could not work and got Stelara through charity for 1 year. It is amazing.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I'm 26 and was diagnosed with Psoriasis about 5 yrs ago. I have Psorisis ALL over. I've tried everything from topical ointments to PUVA light treatments. The lights helped externally but with Psoriasis, we need help from the inside out. I've tried Enbrel and Humira. I've been on a waiting list for Stelara. I FINALLY have recieved my first shot last week and this is AMAZING. Within this one week, all of the flakiness is gone and my patches are reduced to a soft pink flesh color and are no longer warm to the touch. I can tell it's slowly working and cannot wait for my next shot. The only side effect that hit me was an upper respiratory infection which included coughing and sore throat and only lasted a week.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I'm 61 and have had psoriasis since I was 16. Of all the medicines I have tried (MTX, Enbrel, Raptive, Cyclosporine, Humira) this is the best in terms of effectiveness and side affects. I'm about 90% clear and have no side effects.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I have had memory problems for several years. I have been on the same medication for mental issues at least 2 years. I received my 1st shot of Stelara and it has been 3 weeks ago. I just wondered if this medication has been tested for other uses besides psoriasis? My memory is slowly coming back to me. And I would like to know if this could be due to Stelara? I Love this change in me and I think it's from the Stelara not to mention my psoriasis is great- in the week all my white scales went away. Thanks
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I am 38 and have had psoriasis all my life. I have used everything I could get my hands on and only had brief relief over the years. I started Stelara in March 2011 and 3 weeks after my first shot I was 100% clear. I just took my 3rd shot and I am still 100% clear. If anyone has the facility to try this they should, this medicine really works. Thanks to the creators of Stelara, I wish I had started it before. I go everywhere I possible can without a shirt now..yeah!
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I just started Stelara 5 weeks ago. It is amazing! I had plaque psoriasis all over my body (50%). 98% of the Psoriasis is GONE. I only have some small spots left on my elbows and knees where it was really thick and crusted. I don't have dandruff anymore. I can wear shorts and short shirts now. This is awesome! So far, no side effects. I am so grateful to the folks who made Stelara. Check with your insurance. I was thinking it would be too expensive, but when I checked, my insurance covered most of it. You have to work with Specialty Pharmacies to get it in my experience. Most Pharmacies have them, but there is usually only 1 location where it is.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: Best medicine around. I have been in a trial study for 5 years with Stelara, it has been wonderful. I have been 100% clear for the 5 years. No real side effects. I had my last study dose in September 2010, I broke out in January 2011 just a little. I go to get my shot again in February 2011. I can not wait.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I had psoriasis on about 85% of my body before I started on the Stelara. I have used virtually all the immunosuppressant medications in the past: Enbrel, Raptiva, Humira, just to name a few. They all did well for a few months, but always ended up not working. Even when they were working, I always had patches on my legs and scalp that wouldn't go away. Not with Stelara. A week after my first injection, the flakiness was gone, with the red quickly fading to pink. A month later, I had my second and within 2 weeks all spots were gone. I have now been on the medication for over a year and am currently completely free of any plague, no redness, no maddening itch. I go and have an injection every 3 months. Best medicine ever.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I had my first Stelara injection 2 months ago (and a booster 30 days ago). The difference is amazing, I have no more flakes, the redness is during to pink. I can wear shorts in public and not be embarrassed. NO side effects at all! This is a fantastic drug.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: I have psoriatic arthritis. I took my first shot on 5/26/10 and so far I am really pleased with the results. I take my second shot on 6/22/10. I was on humira for 10 months. Then it quit working. My body was 80% covered and I was miserable. Now my body is almost back to normal. The only side effect I had was insomnia and was tired for the first 10 days, then it went away. Hope it continues to work. Will keep you up to date after this shot.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: Psoriasis diagnosis: I received my first injection the end of December 2009 and I saw an immediate difference within the first two weeks. The second injection was due; however, I was ill with an upper respiratory virus in which my Doctor indicated to wait until it was resolved. I was about 1.5 weeks late with the 2nd injection. I was flared and received the 2nd injection with itching down 50% and cleared approximately 40%. Two weeks after the 2nd injection, I developed moderate arthritis symptoms in my shoulder, right knee and my finger joints. It was time for the 3rd injection after waiting 3 months. I remained at the 40% clearing. I discontinued this medicine due to joint issues and flaring increase by the end of 3rd month.
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Stelara (ustekinumab) for Psoriasis: Stelara completely cleared 90% BSA, including severe palmar plantar pustular psoriasis within 52 days of initiating treatment. Side effects included extreme fatigue lasting approximately 72 hours after each application. Feeling "sunburned" was noted for several days after initial fatigue.
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