Stelara Update: A Double Dose of Optimism

Stelara Update: A Double Dose of Optimism
Thanks to those of you last week who asked me to share my Stelara update. I started taking Stelara (ustekinumab) on Nov. 1, 2016. I had an infusion of it that day. My doctor was excited because I was his first patient to receive it under the new FDA approval. After that, I took a

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  1. Thank you for sharing Judy’s story with Stelara. I parallel her is some ways. I have failed 4 biologics and began my infusion dose of Stelara 4/17, I had a brief relief of some symptoms but flared after 5 weeks, did my 8 week maintenance dose, no relief, still flaring, but a switch flipped 2 1/2 weeks later and I’m beginning to heal again. The Crohn’s is very active in my esophagus as well as lower GI tract. My doctor is trying to get the frequency of injections increased. It can be so frustrating and scary going through these drugs, but it helps enormously to read about others patients’ experiences on a valid web site. I am happy to see the article on SCD as well, we all know that each case of Crohn’s is very different but thank you for informing people about medical and natural approaches to disease. I value your information, way to go, thank you!

    • Judy Walters says:

      Hi Stephanie:

      I’m Judy and I wrote the story. 🙂 I share a weekly column on IBD News about my triumphs and failures living with Crohn’s. I hope you’ll join me from now on. 🙂


  2. Dominic says:


    reading your update a question immediately pops up in my head: what was your induction scheme and dose on November 2016?
    I started with stelara in march 2017 and the induction dose of 540mg stelara IV almost immediately kicked in.
    Best regards

  3. Jennifer says:

    Judy you seem to be telling my story! I to started Stelara in January my eight week injections are only good for about three weeks. I’m waiting to get approval for them to increase those to four weeks however I have found my infusion booster I received med treatment in April to be the most effective. Do you mind if I ask who your carrier is?

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