Ustekinumab Side Effects
More frequently reported side effects include: headache. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse 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.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to ustekinumab: intravenous solution, subcutaneous solution
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%): Depression[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Malignancies (1.7%)
Postmarketing reports: Rapidly appearing, multiple cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas[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.
Some side effects of ustekinumab may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
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- Drug class: interleukin inhibitors
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Other brands: Stelara
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