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Can I Take Rituxan When I Get A Tattoo
I want to get my tattoo finished but am taking methotrexate and rituxan (rituximab) at the moment, will it cause problems?
Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more
I got kidney transplant in 2010, last month it was rejected, had 10 plasma xchange n 2 dose of rituximab injection, now its normal, when i can get concive?
Fairly risky: Pregnancy is possible for a female kidney transplant recipient whose kidney function is good and stable. Yet, it is still considered a high risk pregnancy for both the mother and the fetus. Although you may be capable of conceiving now, it would be unwise to do so until your function stablizes at a good level for at least 6 - 12 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello. I'm NH Lymphoma survivor and in complete remission since last 9 months. Taking Rituximab shots every months. I take 2 mg Melatonin Tab occasion?
Melatonin: Hello and welcome to HealthTap, yes you can use it, there are no interactions :) take care!! ...Read more
I am planning to take Rituximab for Rheumatoid Arthritis but my red blood cell count is very low. Does Rituximab helps to increase blood count also ?
See below: First, find out what causes your anemia. If your anemia is caused by chronic inflammation such as RA, treating the underlying etiology for anemia by Rituximab will eventually lead to an increase red blood cell count. If your anemia is caused autoimmune-medicated hemolysis, Rituximab can also help increase red cell counts. But, Rituximab itself does not have direct effect on red cell production. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Generally, yes: Rituxan (rituximab) is an antibody that binds the surface of B lymphocytes, which includes hairy cell leukemia. By itself it can induce remissions, but it is more effective when given in combination with other agents. Here is a link to a recent paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25195120 ...Read more
TTP/rituximab: Twelve articles have reported 27 patients treated with Rituximab for ttp, with bene?t described in 25 (93%) of the patients. These observations from small uncontrolled case series is said to provide the background and rationale for a randomized clinical trial to establish the efficacy of Rituximab in this disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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