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The dosage of Stelara your healthcare provider administers will depend on your weight (see Stelara Dosage for more information).
Just like any medicine, Stelara may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common reactions include:
(Click Stelara Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Stelara can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Stelara Interactions).
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this drug if you have:
- A history of tuberculosis
- Any current infection
- Infections that come and go (such as cold sores)
- Any disease that affects the immune system, such as diabetes, cancer, HIV, or AIDS
- A history of any type of cancer
- Plans to receive vaccinations
- Any allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Stelara and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Stelara and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Stelara Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)