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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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Dr. James Chapman
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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?

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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Can a ringworm significantly lower your immune system?

Can a ringworm significantly lower your immune system?

No: Our skin surface is like a bed of leaves on the forest floor. The oldest skin is near the top while the newest skin is at the bottom. Ring worm occurs when the fungal spores get into the top layers & eat the older skin. It doesn't go deep enough to go near the blood where it would affect your immune system. Some local immune factors are occasionally active but nothing important. ...Read more

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Can playing sports and working out lower your immune system?

Au contraire!: Working out will help you maintain a healthy life and strengthen your immune system. ...Read more

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Does hookah pen lower your immune system and make you more susceptible to diseases?

Does hookah pen lower your immune system and make you more susceptible to diseases?

No evidence: you have nicotine only and I am aware of no evidence that this has a immunological effect. However the nicotine has other effects on the blood vessels to your heart and brain. It is safest to abstain ...Read more

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Does donating blood plasma lower your immune system ?

Does donating blood plasma lower your immune system ?

Not really: You have trillions of cells...we were designed to survive the occasional loss of a few (or few million). Your body compensates rapidly and replaces them. ...Read more

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Can Depo Provera lower your immune system? I have been sick every other week due the last 3 months and am on the birth control shot

Can Depo Provera lower your immune system? I have been sick every other week due the last 3 months and am on the birth control shot

There is no evidence: that any hormonal contraceptive method negatively affects a person's immune system. You need to assume this is a coincidence and follow up with a physician who can help you find out what's going on. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Can weightlifting lower your immune system? Started yesterday for the 1st time in 7 months and the next day got a cold sore on lip

Can weightlifting lower your immune system? Started yesterday for the 1st time in 7 months and the next day got a cold sore on lip

Exercise,: if anything, should strengthen your immune system. I think you cold sore is a pure coincidence. It can come from exposure to ultra violet rays, if you exercised outdoors. ...Read more

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Do immune globulins lower my immune system?

Do immune globulins lower my immune system?

No: Immune globulins actually augment the immune system, by bringing in a large dose of antibodies to a particular substance. The globulins bind to whatever toxin they are targeted to and help your immune system recognize those toxins as something worth fighting. There are many different immune globulins available, such as vzig (anti-varicella) and hbig (anti hep-b). ...Read more

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Does radiation lower immune system?

Does radiation lower immune system?

Yes: Radiation primarily has its effects on lymphoid tissue. Lymphocytes are in part responsible for helping to fight off infections. ...Read more

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Does Flonase lower the immune system?

No: Its action is mostly topical and it takes much large doses of oral or injectable steroid for many months to suppress the immune system even a little bit. ...Read more

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How much does taking weekly humira (adalimumab) injections lower my immune system?

How much does taking weekly humira (adalimumab) injections lower my immune system?

Not definitive: It lowers resistance, but unclear how much. Essential is avoiding infectious exposure. Avoid individuals who have had live vaccines - for 30 days after vaccination. ...Read more

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