Stelara Uses

The main use of Stelara is the treatment of plaque psoriasis, a chronic skin condition. It is also used to treat psoriatic arthritis. The medicine is approved only for adults who are capable of receiving phototherapy (light treatments) or systemic therapy (medication that affects the whole immune system). In theory, Stelara might be helpful for treating other types of psoriasis, but it is not approved for this use.

What Is Stelara Used For?

Stelara® (ustekinumab) is a prescription medication licensed to treat moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for phototherapy or systemic therapy (medications that are taken by mouth or by injection). Stelara is also approved to treat active psoriatic arthritis in adults, either used alone or in combination with methotrexate.

Using Stelara for Plaque Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that is thought to be caused by an overactive immune system (see Psoriasis Causes for more information). There are several different types of psoriasis, but Stelara is only approved to treat plaque psoriasis. The symptoms of psoriasis may vary, depending on the type. Plaque psoriasis is characterized by thickened, swollen, and red skin, often covered with silver scales.
Psoriasis treatment may include:
  • Medicines applied to the skin (topical treatment)
  • Light treatments (phototherapy)
  • Psoriasis medication, whether by mouth or injection, that treats the whole immune system (called systemic therapy).
Stelara is a type of systemic therapy.

Using Stelara for Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of joint inflammation in people with psoriasis. Not all people with psoriasis will develop it. Some psoriatic arthritis symptoms include painfully inflamed joints and changes in the eyes and the fingernails.
Stelara is used to treat psoriatic arthritis in adults, either alone or in combination with methotrexate.

Stelara Medication Information

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