Ustekinumab Side Effects
For the Consumer
Applies to ustekinumab: parenteral injection
Side effects include:
Patients with psoriasis: Nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, back pain, dizziness, pharyngolaryngeal pain, pruritus, injection site erythema, myalgia, depression.
Patients with psoriatic arthritis: Arthralgia, nausea, dental infections.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to ustekinumab: intravenous solution, subcutaneous solution
Common (1% to 10%): Nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, oropharyngeal pain
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nasal congestion[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dizziness
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Facial palsy[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, nausea[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Back pain, myalgia, arthralgia[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Injection site erythema, pain, bruising, irritation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Injection site reactions (including hemorrhage, hematoma, induration, swelling, and pruritus)[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pustular psoriasis, skin exfoliation
Rare (less than 0.1%): Exfoliative dermatitis
Postmarketing reports: Erythrodermic psoriasis[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Depression[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Malignancies (1.7%)
Postmarketing reports: Rapidly appearing, multiple cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hypersensitivity reactions (including rash, urticaria)
Rare (less than 0.1%): Serious hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylaxis and angioedema)[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Infections (up to 27%)
Common (1% to 10%): About 6% of patients developed antibodies to this drug, dental infections
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Cellulitis, herpes zoster, viral upper respiratory tract infection[Ref]
1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
3. "Product Information. Stelara (ustekinumab)." Centocor Inc, Malvern, PA.
It is possible that some side effects of ustekinumab may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.
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