See Ustekinumab

Indicated for moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease, moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis.

Generic name Ustekinumab.

A human monoclonal antibody.

Routes of administration subcutaneous injection, Infusion.

Metabolism is unknown.

Biological half-life 15–32 days.

It is directed against interleukin 12 and interleukin 23, naturally occurring proteins that regulate the immune system and immune-mediated inflammatory disorders.

Not effective for multiple sclerosis.

Designed to interfere with the triggering of the body’s inflammatory response through the suppression of certain cytokines, specifically, it blocks interleukin IL-12 and IL-23 which help activate certain T-cells.

It binds to the p-40 subunit of both IL-12 and IL-23 so that they subsequently cannot bind to their receptors.

Adverse effects: increased risk of infection, increased risk of certain types of cancer,posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome is a risk, upper respiratory infection, headache, and tiredness.

In a study comparing etanercept and ustekinumab at twelve weeks, psoriatic plaques were reduced by at least three-quarters in 68% of the low-dose ustekinumab group and 74% of the high-dose group, and both groups fared better than the etanercept group, 57% of whom saw such improvement.

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