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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Rituxan (Overview)

Rituxan is an antibody based agent which is a kind of immune system affecting drug.


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What effects can rituxan (rituximab) have if a women is pregnant ?

What effects can rituxan (rituximab) have if a women is pregnant ?

Unknown: Rituxan (rituximab) has been assigned to pregnancy category c by the fda. Animal studies have not been conducted. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. There are no data on whether Rituxan (rituximab) can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. . Postmarketing data indicate that b-cell lymphocytopenia generally lasting less than six months can occur in infants exposed to Rituxan (rituximab) in utero. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
70 doctors shared insights

Rituxan (Overview)

Rituxan is an antibody based agent which is a kind of immune system affecting drug.


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Why would rituxan (rituximab) be given along with naso4?

Why would rituxan (rituximab) be given along with naso4?

Not know: Naso4 is sodium sulfate. Uncertain why it would be given. This would be better answered by a pharmacest or pharmceutical chemist. ...Read more

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I just started rituximab and bendamustine for follicular lymphoma. I have a headache. What can prescribed for that? Can I exercise during treatment?

I just started rituximab and bendamustine for follicular lymphoma. I have a headache.  What can prescribed for that?  Can I exercise during treatment?

Doyou not have acces: I am sure you have access to your Oncologist or chemotherapy nurse. They are happy to address any problems and prescribe medication. It is not a good idea to seek input from outsiders unless you are unable to communicate with your oncology team. Headaches are not uncommon during illness that creates stress and tension. A couple of Tylenols (acetaminophen) will take care of it provided you have informed Ur team. ...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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I m suffering from r. Arthritis after using all the drugs my doctor is now recommending mabthera (rituximab). Wat r its side effects? Is it safe 4 me?

I m suffering from r. Arthritis after using all the drugs my doctor is now recommending mabthera (rituximab). Wat r its side effects? Is it safe 4 me?

Can be safe: Can be safe if tests for tuberculosis and chest x-ray are normal and there are no major infections present. Side effects are increased susceptibility to infection and slight increase in risk of cancer. The other side effects are less common, but are similar to those found with tumor necrosis factor inhibitors/blockers. ...Read more

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While i'm on rituximab, is it dangerous for us (my wife and i) to try to have a baby? Or we should wait for me to finish the treatment first?

While i'm on rituximab, is it dangerous for us (my wife and i) to try to have a baby? Or we should wait for me to finish the treatment first?

Wait: Many drugs, including rituxan, (rituximab) could have harmful effects on a growing fetus. Wait until your therapy is over and discuss with your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Neupogen can increase WBC after late onset neutropenia (LON). Any prescription that gives long term prevention of the LON side effect after Rituximab?

 Neupogen can increase WBC after late onset neutropenia (LON). Any prescription that gives long term  prevention of the LON side effect after Rituximab?

Neutropenia: is not usually treated except for absolute neutropenia. Hence usual practice is to use Neupogen or G CSF or prevent or treat absolute neutropenia so that benefits outweigh the adverse effects ...Read more

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What are some of the longterm side effects of rituxan (rituximab)?

What are some of the longterm side effects of rituxan (rituximab)?

Not common: The long-term side effects are uncommon though can be serious. These include: low immunoglobulin levels, pml (brain infection caused by jc virus), reactivation of hepatitis b infection with resulting liver damage in previously infected patients, and uncommon other serious bacterial, viral and fungal infections. ...Read more

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How long does rituxan (rituximab) stay in the system after finished?

Median half life 32d: The median half life of Rituxan (rituximab) is 32 days. It takes approximately 5 half-lives before a drug is considered "gone" from the system. Therefore a median time-period would be 160 days from completion of treatment. Remember measurement of drug in the system is not the same as the side-effect of the drug or the length of time the lymphocyte population is affected. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Rituximab (Definition)

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