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Doctor insights on: Bendamustine And Rituxan Side Effects

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I just started rituximab and bendamustine for follicular lymphoma. I have a headache. What can prescribed for that? Can I exercise during treatment?

I just started rituximab and bendamustine for follicular lymphoma. I have a headache. What can prescribed for that? Can I exercise during treatment?

Doyou not have acces: I am sure you have access to your Oncologist or chemotherapy nurse. They are happy to address any problems and prescribe medication. It is not a good idea to seek input from outsiders unless you are unable to communicate with your oncology team.
Headaches are not uncommon during illness that creates stress and tension. A couple of Tylenols (acetaminophen) will take care of it provided you have informed Ur team. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Bendamustine (Definition)

Bendamustine (inn, trade names treakisym, ribomustin, and treanda; also known as sdx-105) is a nitrogen mustard used in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemias and lymphomas. It belongs to the family of drugs called alkylating agents. It is also being studied for ...Read more


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How the treatment: rituxan (rituximab) and bendamustine (treanda) that treat lymphoma can help 93 years old man who just recover from TB? Thank you

How the treatment: rituxan (rituximab) and bendamustine (treanda) that treat lymphoma can help 93 years old man who just recover from TB? Thank you

Not sure: Rituximab and bendamustine are treatments for certain types of lymphoma. They are not used to treat tuberculosis. Is there some confusion with what has been recommended? If so, please discuss it with your health care provider. ...Read more

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Best first-line treatment for mantle cell lymphoma now: high doses of ara-c+rituximab and autologous sc transplant, or rituximab+bendamustine?

Best first-line treatment for mantle cell lymphoma now: high doses of ara-c+rituximab and autologous sc transplant, or rituximab+bendamustine?

There is no: Definitive answer to your question. Studies have compared the strategies you mention. The high dose ara-c arm was closed because it was difficult to mobilize stem cells for transplant after these regimens. Bendamustine-r is a good program, and many centers would consolidate a good response with an autograft. ...Read more

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I have heard chemo has very bad side effects. My dad just had his first chemo with rituximab+chop. Its been 2 days and he's not that bad. Is that normal?

I have heard chemo has very bad side effects. My dad just had his first chemo with rituximab+chop. Its been 2 days and he's not that bad. Is that normal?

Yes: R-chop is a generally well tolerated chemotherapy regimen. Rituximab can lead to allergic-type reactions with the first dose. Hair loss will begin about 3 weeks after the first r-chop dose. Fatigue and low blood counts may occur as your dad goes through treatment. ...Read more

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Has anyone had side effects from rituxan (rituximab)?

Has anyone had side effects from rituxan (rituximab)?

YEs: The first exposure to Rituximab frequently leads to allergic symptoms known as an anaphylactoid reaction. This may lead to red, itchy skin, wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, high or low blood pressure. This reaction usually does not happen with subsequent exposure. ...Read more

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What are some of the longterm side effects of rituxan (rituximab)?

What are some of the longterm side effects of rituxan (rituximab)?

Not common: The long-term side effects are uncommon though can be serious. These include: low immunoglobulin levels, pml (brain infection caused by jc virus), reactivation of hepatitis b infection with resulting liver damage in previously infected patients, and uncommon other serious bacterial, viral and fungal infections. ...Read more

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Any side effects from rituxan (rituximab) therapy?

Any side effects from rituxan (rituximab) therapy?

Mostly infusion rxns: Rituxan is given intravenously slowly at first to look for common immediate reactions like chills, fever, shakes, itching, hives, headache all of which could be prevented or lessened by giving premedications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and steroids. Reactivation of hepatitis b, lowering resistance to infections, rapid destruction of tumor cells causing i'll effects to organs (tumor lysis) can also occur. ...Read more

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How long after rituxan (rituximab) treatment will the side effects go away?

How long after rituxan (rituximab) treatment will the side effects go away?

Most likely.: What side effects do you speak of? Most side effects of Rituximab occur during the infusion itself; I have very few folks complain of anything afterwards except maybe fatigue (that is if they receive Rituximab by itself). It does suppress the b lymphocytes for months but usually that translates into nothing. Patients who have had heart pain or irregular heartbeats in the past may experience. Reed. ...Read more

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How long after treatment with rituxan (rituximab) will side effects go away?

What SE?: What side effects (from rituximab)? About 25% of people will have an "infusion reaction" on initial dose with possible hives, shortness of breath, shaking, etc. That is usually not a condition that persists after the infusion is completed. Other side effects can come from killing cancer cells quickly such as tumor lysis syndrome, or some more rare long term Rituximab side effects? ...Read more

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Can people take rituximab drug as a treatment of mmn disease alongside IVIg drug as the doctor described and what are the side effects?

Uncertain what mmn?: I would like to help but need more information. Depending on the setting you can use rituxan (rituximab) to help certain conditions and sometimes other meds are used. These are things to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Dx w/RA & MALT NHL, severe feet swell, rash and extreme bone/joint pain after 2nd dose of Rituxan (rituximab). Will this go away? How long do side effects last??

Dx w/RA & MALT NHL, severe feet swell, rash and extreme bone/joint pain after 2nd dose of Rituxan (rituximab). Will this go away? How long do side effects last??

If you are having: A side effect of a medication you don't wait for it to go away you inform your physician IMMEDIATELY!!!! ...Read more

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What is typical frequency and duration of rituxin and bendamustine treatment for relapsed non-hodgkins lymphoma.?

D1, 2 q21d: Bendamustine (treanda) +/- Rituximab is typically given days 1 and 2 every 21 days for non-hodgkin's lymphoma (nhl). The dose and frequency are different in cll. Patients often need dose or cycle duration adjustment based on their prior therapies, age, etc. Ref: http://www. Treanda. Com. ...Read more

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I m suffering from r. Arthritis after using all the drugs my doctor is now recommending mabthera (rituximab). Wat r its side effects? Is it safe 4 me?

I m suffering from r. Arthritis after using all the drugs my doctor is now recommending mabthera (rituximab). Wat r its side effects? Is it safe 4 me?

Can be safe: Can be safe if tests for tuberculosis and chest x-ray are normal and there are no major infections present. Side effects are increased susceptibility to infection and slight increase in risk of cancer. The other side effects are less common, but are similar to those found with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors/blockers. ...Read more

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Neupogen can increase WBC after late onset neutropenia (LON). Any prescription that gives long term prevention of the LON side effect after Rituximab?

Neupogen can increase WBC after late onset neutropenia (LON). Any prescription that gives long term prevention of the LON side effect after Rituximab?

Neutropenia: Is not usually treated except for absolute neutropenia. Hence usual practice is to use Neupogen or G CSF or prevent or treat absolute neutropenia so that benefits outweigh the adverse effects ...Read more

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What effects can rituxan (rituximab) have if a women is pregnant?

What effects can rituxan (rituximab) have if a women is pregnant?

Unknown: Rituxan (rituximab) has been assigned to pregnancy category c by the fda. Animal studies have not been conducted. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. There are no data on whether Rituxan (rituximab) can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman.. Postmarketing data indicate that b-cell lymphocytopenia generally lasting less than six months can occur in infants exposed to Rituxan (rituximab) in utero. ...Read more

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How long after treatment with rituxan (rituximab) will the effects go away?

How long after treatment with rituxan (rituximab) will the effects go away?

Median half life 32d: The median half life of Rituxan (rituximab) is 32 days. It takes approximately 5 half-lives before a drug is considered "gone" from the system. Therefore a median time-period would be 160 days from completion of treatment. Remember measurement of drug in the system is not the same as the side-effect of the drug or the length of time the lymphocyte population is affected. ...Read more

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What to expect from rituximab effects?

Rituxan (rituximab): Please open the link

http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a607038.Html. ...Read more

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Could I need rituximab (rituxan) read details please?

You may: I see no attached details but depending on you diagnosis that may be the medication your physician advised. Find out the reasons, sides effects and expected benefits whenever you take a medication ...Read more

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How effective is rituxan (rituximab) for treating wegener's disease?

Quite Effective: Rituxan (rituximab) (a monoclonal antibody against b-cells) is approved by the fda for treatment of patients with wegener's granulomatosis and microscopic polyangiitis and has a complete remission rate of about 64% after 6 months of therapy together with steroids. It works just as well as Cytoxan chemotherapy, the standard treatment it was compared to, with no major differences in overall side effects ...Read more

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What is the cure rate of burkitt's lymhphoma with codox-m-ivac and rituximab?

What is the cure rate of burkitt's lymhphoma with codox-m-ivac and rituximab?

Good: For patients under the age of 40, the two year disease-free survival rate is 70%. And since there are few late relapses in BL due to its aggressiveness, this usually is equivalent to a cure. Patients who do relapse can undergo salvage chemotherapy followed by stem cell transplantation (if a donor can be found). ...Read more

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Is rituxan (rituximab) considered a chemotherapy drug?

Is rituxan (rituximab) considered a chemotherapy drug?

Not really: Rituxan (rituximab) is used to treat certain cancers as well as other non-cancer conditions. In the oncology world, we don't think of it as "chemotherapy" because it is a monoclonal antibody that is selective. We use the term chemotherapy for drugs that non-specifically kill fast-growing cells. We call Rituxan (rituximab) a biologic therapy, not chemotherapy. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Why im losing my hair it is not the rituximab?

Why im losing my hair it is not the rituximab?

Not usual: Rituximab is not usually associated with hair loss (alopecia). Chemotherapy (used with rituximab) for treating cancer is associated with alopecia. As are other underlying medical problems. ...Read more

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Please tell me about rituxan (rituximab) therapy?

Used for lymphoma: Rituxan (rituximab) was one of the first monoclonals to be used to treat lymphoma having failed chemo. Rituxan (rituximab) which is a mAb targeting CD20, a marker on lymphomas and normal WBC induces ADCC tumor kill on all cells with the markers. Patients manage since the normal WBC's are regenerated in the marrow from precursor cells so count remains normal. Marked improvement in survival of lymphoma now seen. ...Read more

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Why im losing my hair since I started using rituximab?

Don't know: Hair loss is not a common side effect of rituximab, but it is a potent medication. Other chemotherapeutic agents that you received weeks to months ago may be responsible for you hair loss. ...Read more

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Any one have knowledge about rituxan (rituximab) for ra?

Any one have knowledge about rituxan (rituximab) for ra?

Approved for RA: Rituximab (rituxan) is approved for rheumatoid arthritis but only for patients who have failed at least one tnf (tumor necrosis factor) agent. It is used along with methotrexate. Talk with your rheumatologist about whether this is appropriate therapy for you. ...Read more

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How common is PML from Rituxan (rituximab) for lymphoma?

Rituximab: Progressive multi focal leukoencephalopathy (PML) can be associated with Rituximab treatment and with other drugs which cause immunosuppression. It is s rare complication. In one study 52 cases were reported in patients with lymphoma and other myeloproliferative diseases. The incidence was less than 1%. However the drug is being used more and more and the incidence may increase. ...Read more

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Rituxan (Definition)

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