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Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) chemotherapy?

Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) chemotherapy?

Yes.: Generic name of Cytoxan is cyclophosphamide. It is a drug commonly used to treat a variety of cancers, but may also be used to treat some autoimmune disorders, such as lupus. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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Rituxan (Definition)

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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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How effective are immunosuppressive drugs for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

How effective are immunosuppressive drugs for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

Each person is diff: Each peson is different. This will depend on the evlauation but some people respond very well while others might not. You need to ask your physician to have you see a liver specialist ...Read more

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Are imuran (azathioprine) & betaferon effective treatments for ms?

Are imuran (azathioprine) & betaferon effective treatments for ms?

Yes they can be: The evidence is stronger for beta interferons (avonex, Rebif and betaseron) than it is for immuran. Interferons are fda approved and immuran is not (for ms) they all have a modest but definite effect in reducing the number of attacks in remitting relapsing forms the effect varies from patient to patient. ...Read more

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Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) used for lupus?

Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) used for lupus?

Yes: Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) is used to treat some of the manifestations of lupus. Most commonly this can be involvement of organs such as the brain, kidneys etc. ...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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Can children use Imuran (azathioprine)?

Can children use Imuran (azathioprine)?

Yes: It was used in organ transplants....it is still used in many countries.....here we have better drugs....though in selected few cases Imuran (azathioprine) still prescribed ...Read more

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Are antihistamines considered immunosuppressive drugs?

Are antihistamines considered immunosuppressive drugs?

No: They do suppress the histamine response but do not compromise your immune cells' ability to fight infection. ...Read more

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Are imuran (azathioprine) tablets effective?

Quite Effective: Imuran (azathioprine) is usually prescribed as an immune suppressant in transplant patients, for rheumatoid arthritis, crohn's and ulcerative colitis. It has been found to be quite effective in these conditions. ...Read more

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Is cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) a drug prescribed to treat dermatomyositis?

Is cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) a drug prescribed to treat dermatomyositis?

Yes: Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) is an immunosuppressant drug used to treat a variety if conditions. In rheumatology it is most commonly used to treat certain types of lupus. Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) has been used successfully to treat dermatomyositis. It can help lower and or eliminate the steroid dose. ...Read more

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What are the differences between immunosuppressive drugs and rituxan (rituximab)?

What are the differences between immunosuppressive drugs and rituxan (rituximab)?

Rituximab: Rituximab is one class of immunosuppresant therapy. It is an chimeric (composed of human and animal) monoclonal antibody directed against a surface marker (cd20) on your b-cells. Your b-cells naturally produce your own body's antibodies to help fight infections. There are other types of immunosuppresants which have different targets than b-cells, such as t-cells, and cytokines such as tnf-alpha. ...Read more

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Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) a common drug used?

Is cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) a common drug used?

Yes: Used in breast cancer, lymphomas, sometimes myeloma, occasionally ovarian cancer. Probably one of the most common chemotherapy drugs used. ...Read more

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Methotrexate vs humira (adalimumab), rheumatoid arthritis question?

Methotrexate vs humira (adalimumab), rheumatoid arthritis question?

MTX vs Humira (adalimumab): These drugs fight RA in completely different fashions. Mtx is the consensus first round choice of drugs to treat ra, both by the acr and eular (european version). Most, if not all, insurances require treatment failure with mtx before you start humira, (adalimumab) a much more expensive drug. In most cases, even if Humira (adalimumab) is started, patients will remain on mtx. ...Read more

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

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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Should cytoxan, fludara, (fludarabine) leucovorin be taken together?

Porbably not: The combination of chemotherapy is dependent on the disease being treated. The drugs you mention are not generally given in combination together. ...Read more

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How effective is azathioprine (Imuran) for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

How effective is azathioprine (Imuran) for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

It is...: Imuran (azathioprine) is one of several drugs to treat this condition and is generally w!ell tolerated and effective. ...Read more

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