No. Ustekinumab is aka Stelara. It is currently used as an fda-approved psoriasis med.
It is a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled, parallel-group study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Ustekinumab therapy in subjects with moderately to severely active crohn's disease previously treated with tnf antagonist therapy.
I got that off the consent and information packet, haha.
Anyway, it seemed to control serious flares. I was taking cipro/metronidazole -500mg of each a day- so that may have helped. I had some issues with the antibiotics. I had several minor issues with blood loss in the beginning but was doing iv iron at the time, so no biggie. I did have blood loss after each colonoscopy and toward the end of the study. Not sure from what or where...
Towards the end of the study, which was 11 months long, I was losing a lot of blood. Found out it is c diff, so on another antibiotic to clear it up.
I had three infusions, three colonoscopies (which were filmed) where 18 biopsies were taken each time (can we say blood loss), and three stool tests. I had to keep track each day how many times i went to the bathroom, what the poo was like (diarrhea or solid, blah, blah) and what meds i was taking and whether there had been any change. I would meet with the research coordinator and she would take a lot of blood. She also collected the diary cards and went over my health and bathroom habits in detail. She was a very cool lady! All the meds and appts and colonoscopies and stool tests and blood draws and parking were free! There was no pay for the study, however.
I did a prometheus test during the study and got $100
By the end of the study though, I was over it, haha! 11 months is a looooong time! Most disconcertingly, I will probably start a 6 month cimzia study after the c diff clears up. Hopping back on the merry go round