GUSELKUMAB

By Gary M. White, MD

Note, this is a brief summary only and is meant to emphasize dermatologic aspects. More complete information, including the package insert and recent studies should be consulted before prescribing.


Guselkumab is an interleukin-23 inhibitor FDA-approved for the treatment of psoriasis. Results show it to be highly effective. For example, in one study at 16 weeks, 91% of patients achieved a PASI 75% response.

Trade Name

Tremfya

Indication

TREMFYA is an interleukin-23 blocker indicated for the treatment of adult patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis who are candidates for systemic therapy or phototherapy.

Dosing

Guselkumab 100 mg is given by subcutaneous injection at weeks 0, 4 and then every 8 weeks.

Side Effects

In one study, the rate of infections treated with antibiotics was lower than placebo. Injection-site reactions occur in a small percentage of patients.

From the package insert: Most common (≥1%) adverse reactions associated with TREMFYA include upper respiratory infections, headache, injection site reactions, arthralgia, diarrhea, gastroenteritis, tinea infections, and herpes simplex infections.

Warnings

Other Interactions

Avoid use of live vaccines in patients treated with TREMFYA.

References

JAAD 2017;76;418 Package Insert

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