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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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Immunosuppressive Therapy (Definition)

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Side effects and effectiveness of orencia (abatacept) mediCation?

Side effects and effectiveness of orencia (abatacept) mediCation?

Watch for infections: Orencia (abatacept) is approved to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Typically it is prescribed when disease modifying anti rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) are not effective. The most common DMARD is methotrexate. Orencia (abatacept) is usually prescribed in combination with methotrexate but sometimes is given alone. Orencia (abatacept) is quite effective for many but not all people. It's main side effect: infections. ...Read more

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Hiv medications side effects?

Hiv medications side effects?

Numerous: Multiple classes of anti-retrovirals each containing several different drugs and each with a wide spectrum of side-effects. Too much information to be transmitted in this venue. If you are concerned about a specific compound, rephrase the question. ...Read more

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Infliximab steroid side effects?

Infliximab steroid side effects?

None: Infliximab or Remicade (infliximab) is not a steroid so you should not get steroid side effects directly from that medication. Remicade (infliximab) has its own potentially risks so make sure you are educated in its use and side effect potential. ...Read more

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Any methotrexate side effects?

Any methotrexate side effects?

Plenty : XX oral dos: Methotrexate is a surprisingly effective drug for many forms of arthritis and the consensus 1st choice for RA by the acr and eular (european). The oral dosage is more problematic because of variable absorption and first-pass effect through liver. It is completely absorbed with sucutaneous injection and doesn't bolus liver. Hair loss can be a problem. Everyone should take 2mg of folic acid. ...Read more

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Peg-intron / ribavirin treatment side effects?

Peg-intron / ribavirin treatment  side effects?

Many: The side effects are too many to list here but some of the more common ones (occur in >10% of patients) are fever, fatigue, headache, insomnia, depression, emotional lability, rash, nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, muscle aches, joint pains, flu-like syndrome and injection site reations. ...Read more

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Side effects of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prescription?

Side effects of plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) prescription?

A few: It can cause eye problems so you need to see an ophthalmologist and peridoic screenings. Other than that we see a few people who have increased skin pigmentation called "plaquenil ochronosis". There are others but these the most prominent. ...Read more

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Unpleasant side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Unpleasant side effects of herceptin (trastuzumab)?

Heart failure: About 4% of women treated with Herceptin (trastuzumab) develop some weakness in their heart. This decrease in heart function is almost always reversible when the drug is stopped. Other side effects of Herceptin (trastuzumab) can include allergic reaction, fatigue, headache and diarrhea. Most of my patients have no side effects! ...Read more

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Any side effects of azathioprine?

Any side effects of azathioprine?

Many: It is an immunosuppressive agent so infections can occur. Gi symptoms such as nausea and vomiting and diarrhea are reported. Bone marrow suppression and pancreatitis are other severe known complications associated with this agent. Cancers (especially skin cancers) are more common in people taking immunosuppression drugs. ...Read more

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Side effect of eczema medication flucoinolone?

Side effect of eczema medication flucoinolone?

Improved eczema: Flucoinolone is a potent topical steroid that can improve allergic skin issues like eczema. Typically the more potent ones should not be used on children, on the face, in the armpits or groin as that skin is thinner and some steroids if used there chronically can cause stretch marks. Often the topical steroids really help but the eczema can recur once stopped. They are wonderful in a flare! ...Read more

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Side effects of expired medication, particularly antibiotics?

Side effects of expired medication, particularly antibiotics?

How long? Which?: Most expiration dates are about half of the actual time that the compounds remain active, but this may not guarantee their activity. Side-effects of the products of these compounds as they deteriorate vary with the compound, but very few if any have serious toxicities. Best to throw them out if they have expired. Better than taking a chance they are inactive or toxic. ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with infliximab injections?

Infliximab injection: See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/infliximab-side-effects.html

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Unpleasant side effects from paraplatin (carboplatin) and taxol?

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Unpleasant side effects from paraplatin (carboplatin) and taxol?

Carbo / taxol (paclitaxel): Please open these links for answers: carboplatin http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a695017.Html paclitaxel http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a607070.Html if any concern, see and discuss in detail with your oncologist., . ...Read more

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Are there side effects for thrombolytic therapy?

Are there side effects for thrombolytic therapy?

Bleeding: There are risks associated with tpa (alteplase). Complications include bleeding into the brain, other types of serious bleeding (e.g., gastrointestinal), and death. It is important to weigh the possibility of benefit against the possibility of harm. In most cases tpa (alteplase) is safe and makes a positive impact on the outcome in stroke patients. ...Read more

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Side effects of diabetic medications?

Side effects of diabetic medications?

Depends on meds: There's lots of different diabetic medications. Did you have one specific one in mind? ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with interferon alfa-2b injections?

What side effects are associated with interferon alfa-2b injections?

Many; see below: Many of patients experience flu-like symptoms like fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and weakness within 1-2 hours of taking the medication. Symptoms like irregular heartbeat, chest pressure or tightness, hallucinations, irritability, insomnia, depressive mood, and suicidal thoughts may also occur. It’s important to report any of these to your doctor. ...Read more

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Adverse effects of interferon?

Adverse effects of interferon?

Many different.: Interferon can cause many different types of side-effects including anemia, low white blood cell counts, low platelet counts, decreased appetite, tiredness, fatigue and depression. In addition, low grade fever and muscle aches may occur. ...Read more

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Long term side effects of effects of anti allergics (zyrtec)?

Long term side effects of effects of anti allergics (zyrtec)?

None: There have been no reported long-term side effects from use of zyrtec (cetirizine) in a trial involving toddlers and children with eczema, who were treated with zyrtec (cetirizine) for for years daily, and then there was an extension out to six years of total treatment. ...Read more

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What is immunosuppressive therapy?

What is immunosuppressive therapy?

Drugs turn off Immunity: Our immune system is our natural defense mechanism to foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Unfortunately, it also "defends" against foreign organs that are transplanted. We use a variety of drugs to suppress different portions of that complicated system - trying to prevent the organ from being rejected without incapacitating the rest of your defenses. ...Read more

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What constitutes immunosuppressive therapy?

What constitutes immunosuppressive therapy?

Prednisone and: Monoclonal antibodies such as enbrel, humors, cimzia (certolizumab pegol). It is used when the immune response is excessive and causes damage to the body. Auto immune disease. ...Read more

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I have Dermatomyositis and have been receiving immunosuppressive therapy for about 6 years now. Yuck! I am very careful about cleanliness and wash my?

I have Dermatomyositis and have been receiving immunosuppressive therapy for about 6 years now. Yuck!  I am very careful about cleanliness and wash my?

Good: It's good to hear that you take care of yourself and pay close attention to hygiene. Perhaps it is time to ask your rheumatologist about your dermatomyositis and how to measure the activity of the disease. If the disease is well-controlled, it may be possible to reduce or even stop the immunosuppressive medication. ...Read more

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Can aplastic anemia be cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Can  aplastic anemia be cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

In some cases: Yes, in some cases aplastic anemia can be treated very effectively with immunosuppressive therapy- drugs used include prednisone, Cyclosporine or atg (anti-thymocyte globulin). ...Read more

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Which cancers can occur as an adverse effect of immunosuppressive therapy?

Which cancers can occur as an adverse effect of  immunosuppressive therapy?

Skin and lymphoma: Skin cancer is already at an epidemic rate - immunosuppression increases that risk. The longer you take immunosuppression, the greater the risk of skin cancer. All immunosuppressed patients should have an annual skin check by a knowledgeable provider. By 5 years, 50% of australian patients had skin cancers (due to intense sun and very light skin). Lymphoma is second most frequent. ...Read more

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Which cancer is most likely as an adverse effect of long term immunosuppressive therapy?

Which cancer is most likely as an adverse effect of long term immunosuppressive therapy?

Lymphoma: Tumors of the lymphoid system, lymphomas are the commonest tumors associated with immune suppression. ...Read more

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Any one know of aplastic anemia being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Any one know of aplastic anemia being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Yes: Prognosis of aplastic anemia depends on age (younger is better) and the severity of the blood count abnormalities. While younger patients may be referred for stem cell transplant, older patients, perhaps those over 40, are given immunosuppressive therapy. Response rates are over 60% and durable remissions occur quite frequently. ...Read more

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Any one know if aplastic anemia is being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

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Any one know if aplastic anemia is being cured by immunosuppressive therapy?

Depends: Sometimes yes. Prognosis will depend on the age as well as the severity of the disease. The younger the age is the higher the respond of therapy . Bone marrow transplant can cure aplastic anemia in about 60-70%. Discuss further with your oncologist/hematologist. ...Read more

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What are common side effects of interferon therapy?

Interferon: Treatment-related side effects are nearly universal most common: fatigue (interferon and ribavirin) flulike symptoms: fever, headache, muscle ache (interferon and ribavirin) mild anxiety (interferon) skin rash (ribavirin) depression (interferon) gastrointestinal symptoms: nausea, diarrhea (interferon and ribavirin) monitoring for severe side effects (eg, marked anemia) is an important part of trea. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of i131 ablation therapy?

What are the side effects of i131 ablation therapy?

Hypothyroidism: Usually i 131 treatment is used for treatment of hyperthyroidism. It is quite safe but often leads to hypothyroidism 12 plus months later. Hypothyroidism is easily treated with a once a day supplement of thyroid. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of long term oxygen therapy?

What are the side effects of long term oxygen therapy?

Oxygen as a drug: Mostly related to delivery through nose including dryness/bloody noses. This can create free radicals so it can contribute to negative changes to the airway itself. ...Read more

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What are the side-effects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

What are the side-effects of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

Wallet shrinking: I know of no side effects from this treatment other than changing of behavior. Some might not like the changes but I suspect most would appreciate it. One side effect might be breaking up abusive and controlling relationships and decreased neediness. Which side are you on? ...Read more

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What bad side effects might come with paraplatin (carboplatin) therapy?

What bad side effects might come with paraplatin (carboplatin) therapy?

Many...: pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating; • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; •fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat; • severe or ongoing vomiting;• stomach pain, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the sk. ...Read more

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Can estrogen inhibitor formen cause the same side effects as testestorne therapy?

Can estrogen inhibitor formen cause the same side effects as testestorne therapy?

Age 80: I am not sure I understand your question but at your age (if I read it correctly) you may be having side effects from your own testosterone - such as an enlarged prostate. In that case you must see a Urologist. I cannot think of any reason to consider an estrogen inhibitor for you. ...Read more

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Is it acceptable to discontinue chemo after only two doses (due to side effects) and continue only with radio therapy?

Is it acceptable to discontinue chemo after only two doses (due to side effects) and continue only with radio therapy?

Discuss with doctor: You should discuss this with your oncologist and radiation oncologist. The goal(s) of treatment are important in making a decision such as this. ...Read more

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Are there bad side effects to valtrex (valacyclovir)? Why would anyone decide not to stay on it for daily suppressive therapy?

Are there bad side effects to valtrex (valacyclovir)? Why would anyone decide not to stay on it for daily suppressive therapy?

Relatively free: Valtrex (valacyclovir) is relatively free of side- effects. Ask your health care professional about benefits vs risks of daily suppressive therapy. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do to decrease side effects for zoladex (goserelin) or make them more manageable? Add back therapy will be used.

So many SEs: Zoladex (goserelin) is associated with so many potential ses it is difficult to know how to answer this generic question. Who prescribed it for you and why? Please ask them to help you. ...Read more

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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