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This information sheet is a brief overview of ustekinumab used to treat Crohn’s Disease

This information is about ustekinumab in general and is not intended to replace specific advice from your doctor or any other health professional.

For further information, please talk to your doctor or specialist IBD team, or look at the information sheet supplied with your medication, or from the website:

Other names for this medicine
Why am I being treated with ustekinumab?
How does it work?
How long will it take to work?
How long will I be taking ustekinumab?
How and when do I take ustekinumab?
Tips on injecting ustekinumab
What is the normal dosage?
How effective is ustekinumab?
Will I need any checks before taking ustekinumab
Will I need ongoing checks?
What are the most likely side effects of taking ustekinumab?
Will I need to take any special precautions while taking ustekinumab?
Is it safe to take other medicines along with ustekinumab?
Is ustekinumab used in combination with other drug treatments for IBD?
Can I have vaccinations while taking ustekinumab?
Can I drink alcohol while taking ustekinumab?
Does ustekinumab affect fertility or pregnancy?
What about after breastfeeding?
Who should I talk to if I am worried?
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Last reviewed: May 2018