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Does having rituximab lower your immune system afterwards?

Does having rituximab lower your immune system afterwards?

Yes: Rituximab is an antibody which affects white blood cells. It is used to treat a variety of conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. It is a long lasting medication which can lower your immune system many months after you receive it. Check with your doctor about how to minimize infections after you receive rituximab. Best to avoid immunization with live vaccines 6+ months after a dose. ...Read more

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Does rituximab lower your immune system?

Does rituximab lower your immune system?

Yes: Rituximab (rituxin) is a monoclonal antibody to cd20 an antigen located on lymphocytes. One consequence of using this drug is a drop in lymphocyte numbers (bad cells and good cells). This decline lowers the effectiveness of the immune system for a period of time. ...Read more

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Does having rituximab lower your immune system?

Does having rituximab lower your immune system?

Yes: Rituximab is directed against an antigen found on lymphocytes (cd20). It attaches to this antigen and causes destruction of the lymphocyte. Its action is indiscriminate therefore the lymphocyte population is transiently decreased leading to a lowering of the function of the immune system for brief periods of time. ...Read more

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Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab) .Urinalysis no bladder inf. ?

Pain in lower left abdomen, lower bck, bright urine. History of auto immune diseases, lupus, ra, raynauds, on rituxan (rituximab) .Urinalysis no bladder inf. ?

Drug side effect: You may only be constipated. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (ra). Abdominal pain is a common side-effect of this drug. Bowel obstruction and perforation have been reported much less frequently but can be much more serious. Persistent abdominal pain is a symptom you should report to the physician who prescribed rituxan. ...Read more

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Can your body become immune to rituxan (rituximab)?

Can your body become immune to rituxan (rituximab)?

Yes.: If you mean can it stop working for you, yes. Immune reactions to Rituxan (rituximab) also can occur that can make the drug impossible to give safely. ...Read more

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Could being underweight lower your immune system?

Only if: If you are underweight from doing too much exercise, your immune system may be impaired due to over-exertion. Marathoners have been found to be more susceptible to respiratory tract infections. The answer is moderation. Otherwise, it should not impact your immune system unless you are malnourished. ...Read more

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Is it possible for asthma to make you sick or lower your immune system?

No: Patients with asthma will usually have a very normal immune system with regard to infections. Their ige system may respond to foreign protein and they may have their symptoms triggered by an allergic response to one of the "allergens" patients with asthma will also often have their asthma symptoms triggered if they have a viral infection. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can protecting yourself from infection lower your immune system?

Help plz! Can protecting yourself from infection lower your immune system?

Not likely: Things that can "lower" your immune system include various medications (steroids, chemotherapy for cancer) and diagnoses like cancer, diabetes, immune deficiency, HIV infection as well as chronic stress, poor hygiene, etc. ...Read more

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Help can being cold lower your immune system making people more likely to catch a cold?

Help can being cold lower your immune system making people more likely to catch a cold?

No immunity No cold: Your immune system doesn't weaken but you could get sick. There are cilia in your lungs that help push out mucus with bacteria or viruses. When you get chilled you can have temporary paralysis of the cilia. If you have some of these agents in your lungs and the mucous settles deeper because of this, then you could get pneumonia. You won't catch a cold unless someone around you shares it with you. ...Read more

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Could being cold lower your immune system or something, making people more likely to catch a cold?

Could being cold lower your immune system or something, making people more likely to catch a cold?

Not at all: You always heard your mom say "you're going to get sick if you don't bundle up" has been shown to not be accurate. Exposure to cold temperature in typical urban or suburban settings would not down regulate immune responses. However, prolonged exposure to extreme cold temperature even for short periods of time can cause a host of circulation issues affecting all organs and in turn can cause ills. ...Read more

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