Staying on Track
Staying on Track
We understand how important it is for you to take your STELARA® medication as your doctor prescribed. Janssen CarePath provides ongoing support that may help you stay on track with your STELARA® treatment.
Tools for working with your doctor
Effective communication with your doctor is important to help with your treatment journey. Visit StelaraInfo.com for tips on getting the most out of each office visit.
Doctor Discussion Guide
When it’s time to talk, the Doctor Discussion Guide can help with the conversation. The results of this guide are not intended to make a diagnosis or recommend a specific treatment.
Download Doctor Discussion Guide for plaque psoriasis
Download Doctor Discussion Guide for psoriatic arthritis
Convenient disposal of your used syringes
It's important to properly dispose of your used injection devices. You can enroll in Safe Returns®, a service that allows you to properly dispose of your used injection devices after each dose of STELARA®, at no additional cost to you. Follow the instructions in the Safe Returns® pack. When your Safe Returns® mail-back box is received for disposal, a new pack will be sent to you in time for your next injection. To sign up for Safe Returns®, call 877-CarePath (877-227-3728).
Health Insurance Open Enrollment Guide
Even if you keep the same health plan year to year, your benefits can change. This guide can help you review your coverage and make changes if needed during the open enrollment period so you can stay on treatment in the new benefit period, usually beginning January 1.
If you’re enrolled in Medicare and using Medicare insurance to pay for your medications, our Medicare Resource Guide provides important information to consider as you are selecting your insurance coverage.
Connecting with others in your community
Resources are available online that can offer support and help you connect with others who are living with your condition. These include local support groups, fundraising walks, outreach programs, online communities, and volunteer opportunities. The websites below can help you learn more about your condition and connect with others.
This website contains information about treatment with STELARA®. On this website, you can also get helpful information about your condition.
American Academy of Dermatology
The American Academy of Dermatology is dedicated to providing dermatologists with the information and resources they need to serve their patients. Patients can learn more about dermatologists and the conditions they treat.
Click here for Psoriatic Arthritis Information
Click here for Plaque Psoriasis Information
National Psoriasis Foundation
The National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is a non-profit organization with a mission to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected.
The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation offers guidance and support for those living with all forms of arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis. Also available are tools, resources, and opportunities to get involved and connect to local support.
The online home of the Arthritis Foundation’s Arthritis Today magazine is a great source of tips and information for people living with all forms of arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis.
CreakyJoints is a non-profit organization that provides a support community for patients and their caregivers. CreakyJoints members receive newsletters, opportunities to participate in workshops, and special events and programs, which provide educational materials about psoriatic arthritis.
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The website contains medical information, news, and events about digestive diseases.
Now that you have begun the journey with your STELARA® treatment, please know we are here to help.
If you have any questions, please call a Janssen CarePath Care Coordinator at 877-CarePath (877-227-3728), Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET. Multilingual phone support is available.
STELARA® is a prescription medicine used to treat:
- adults and children 6 years and older with moderate to severe psoriasis who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet light alone or with pills).
- adults 18 years and older with active psoriatic arthritis. STELARA® can be used alone or with the medicine methotrexate.
- adults 18 years and older with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease.
- adults 18 years and older with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis.
STELARA® is a prescription medicine that affects your immune system. STELARA® can increase your chance of having serious side effects including:
STELARA® may lower your ability to fight infections and may increase your risk of infections. While taking STELARA®, some people have serious infections, which may require hospitalization, including tuberculosis (TB), and infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
- Your doctor should check you for TB before starting STELARA® and watch you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with STELARA®.
- If your doctor feels that you are at risk for TB, you may be treated for TB before and during treatment with STELARA®.
You should not start taking STELARA® if you have any kind of infection unless your doctor says it is okay.
Before starting STELARA®, tell your doctor if you:
think you have an infection or have symptoms of an infection such as:
- fever, sweats, or chills
- muscle aches
- shortness of breath
- blood in phlegm
- weight loss
- warm, red, or painful skin or sores on your body
- diarrhea or stomach pain
- burning when you urinate or urinate more often than normal
- feel very tired
- are being treated for an infection or have any open cuts.
- get a lot of infections or have infections that keep coming back.
- have TB, or have been in close contact with someone with TB.
After starting STELARA®, call your doctor right away if you have any symptoms of an infection (see above). These may be signs of infections such as chest infections, or skin infections or shingles that could have serious complications. STELARA® can make you more likely to get infections or make an infection that you have worse. People who have a genetic problem where the body does not make any of the proteins interleukin 12 (IL‐12) and interleukin 23 (IL‐23) are at a higher risk for certain serious infections that can spread throughout the body and cause death. People who take STELARA® may also be more likely to get these infections.
STELARA® may decrease the activity of your immune system and increase your risk for certain types of cancer. Tell your doctor if you have ever had any type of cancer. Some people who had risk factors for skin cancer developed certain types of skin cancers while receiving STELARA®. Tell your doctor if you have any new skin growths.
Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES)
PRES is a rare condition that affects the brain and can cause death. The cause of PRES is not known. If PRES is found early and treated, most people recover. Tell your doctor right away if you have any new or worsening medical problems including: headache, seizures, confusion, and vision problems.
Serious Allergic Reactions
Serious allergic reactions can occur. Stop using STELARA® and get medical help right away if you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction such as: feeling faint, swelling of your face, eyelids, tongue, or throat, chest tightness, or skin rash.
Cases of lung inflammation have happened in some people who receive STELARA® and may be serious. These lung problems may need to be treated in a hospital. Tell your doctor right away if you develop shortness of breath or a cough that doesn’t go away during treatment with STELARA®.
Before receiving STELARA®, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
- have any of the conditions or symptoms listed above for serious infections, cancers, or PRES.
- ever had an allergic reaction to STELARA® or any of its ingredients. Ask your doctor if you are not sure.
- are allergic to latex. The needle cover on the prefilled syringe contains latex.
- have recently received or are scheduled to receive an immunization (vaccine). People who take STELARA® should not receive live vaccines. Tell your doctor if anyone in your house needs a live vaccine. The viruses used in some types of live vaccines can spread to people with a weakened immune system, and can cause serious problems. You should not receive the BCG vaccine during the one year before receiving STELARA® or one year after you stop receiving STELARA®.
- have any new or changing lesions within psoriasis areas or on normal skin.
- are receiving or have received allergy shots, especially for serious allergic reactions.
- receive or have received phototherapy for your psoriasis.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if STELARA® can harm your unborn baby. You and your doctor should decide if you will receive STELARA®.
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is thought that STELARA® passes into your breast milk.
- talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you receive STELARA®.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over‐the‐counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
When prescribed STELARA®:
- Use STELARA® exactly as your doctor tells you to.
- STELARA® is intended for use under the guidance and supervision of your doctor. In children 6 years and older, it is recommended that STELARA® be administered by a healthcare provider. If your doctor decides that you or a caregiver may give your injections of STELARA® at home, you should receive training on the right way to prepare and inject STELARA®. Your doctor will determine the right dose of STELARA® for you, the amount for each injection, and how often you should receive it. Do not try to inject STELARA® yourself until you or your caregiver have been shown how to inject STELARA® by your doctor or nurse.
Common side effects of STELARA® include: nasal congestion, sore throat, and runny nose, upper respiratory infections, fever, headache, tiredness, itching, nausea and vomiting, redness at the injection site, vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, sinus infection, bronchitis, diarrhea, stomach pain, and joint pain. These are not all of the possible side effects with STELARA®. Tell your doctor about any side effect that you experience. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1‐800‐FDA‐1088.