Side effects may occur when taking Ustekinumab, but the vast majority of these tend to resolve spontaneously. Common side effects include:
Inform your doctor if any side effects persist, if you are unable to tolerate them or the side effects become serious.
Ustekinumab may reduce your body's ability to fight against infection. You should consult a doctor immediately if you develop a fever or feel unwell. Inform the doctor whom you consult that you are taking Ustekinumab as the medication may need to be stopped while you are having an infection.
You may need to have regular blood tests while on Ustekinumab.
Other rare but serious side effects include:
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
Inform your healthcare professional if:
Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other medications as they may interact with Ustekinumab. These include:
Pneumococcal, influenza (flu) and Hepatitis B vaccinations are safe and may be given if required. Avoid live vaccines such as MMR (measles. mumps and rubella), OPV (oral polio vaccine), yellow fever or BCG (tuberculosis). Discuss with your doctor before receiving any vaccines. Also, direct contact with persons who have taken oral polio vaccine or those with infections should be avoided.
Avoid eating raw, undercooked or half-cooked food.
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