The Next Step: Stelara Infusions and Injections

The Next Step: Stelara Infusions and Injections
After Remicade (infliximab) and Humira (adalimumab) failed me — along with sulfasalazine, mesalamine, and budesonide — I started the biologic Entyvio (vedolizumab) last June as my main Crohn’s disease management medication. I still didn’t enter clinical remission, so I began Stelara (ustekinumab) on Feb. 5. As I mentioned in a previous column, “Crohn’s Disease Medications: Part Four in a Series,” the treatment plan my doctors

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8 comments

  1. Jennifer Hesse says:

    Good luck with your treatment! I am on it every four weeks with Home injections and in addition every four weeks I get an Entyvio infusion.

    That’s the Stelera worked wonderfully but was just not enough support. If I could get more medication with each dose I’m certain I’d be in remission at this point. Fingers crossed FDA approves that soon!

  2. Lori Saltzman says:

    Good luck with Stelera. I had my 6th bowel resection at the end of September 2017, had the Stelera infusion in December, recently gave myself the first injection of Stelera, and so far, no side effects. I’m hoping I don’t experience any. I like that there’s only 1 infusion (loading dose) and subsequent shots every 8 weeks, that I can give to myself at home. I’ve tried EVERY other medication with mixed results. As you correctly stated, Crohn’s is different for each patient and what works for one of us, may not work for another. We are warriors !!

  3. Holly Bryan says:

    I as well have tried them all!!! I am currently on Entyvio every 4 weeks and have been on it for 3 years. It has not put me in remission and things were getting bad so I tried Stelera last spring. I got really depressed and not right mentally within 24 hours of the shot. I have never experienced anything like that in my life. It lasted a good 6 weeks and I never touched the Stelera again. Have any of you experience that side effect while on Stelera. I went back on Entyvio and still am barely treading water but better than nothing at this point.

  4. Dawn says:

    Praying for a cure within our lifetime! Kudos to all Crohn’s and Colitis warriors. My daughter was diagnosed when she was 7 years old. She has been on almost every medicine. She bravely decided to have her colon removed almost a year ago – after eleven years of suffering. She is now on Stelara injection every 8 weeks, and she is doing really well! Don’t ever give up!

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